I could not agree more with our earlier writers. Today I witnessed the complete savaging of what had been a remarkably lovely grove of mature crepe myrtle trees along Verdugo Avenue between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista Street — the trimming (and I use this term loosely) of which could not have done by less-talented arborists with apparently no real landscaping experience.
These trees have been dismembered of more than half of their branches, and the cuts left untreated. On behalf of the many homeowners who take pride in gently trimming and maintaining the public trees in front of our properties, I am saddened that these once-beautiful trees have been ruined, and that the budget priorities of the city of Burbank appear to be so out of touch with daily reality.
Absolutely no money should be spent for the purposes of “beautification” at a time when that money could be used for other, more important purposes. I was unaware that the city of Burbank was operating at such a budget surplus, given that I regularly navigate significant street potholes, observe massive trees with dead hanging branches, am waiting for the community pool to reopen at Verdugo Park, and recently read that the food and voucher bank at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center needs more support to help feed the increasingly number of homeless people in our midst.