Friday, January 7, 2011

Excuse me while I go hug a tree


It seems awfully late in the day for this, but I’d feel guilty if I didn’t join the effort.

Today, they'll start chopping away at century-old oaks in Arcadia Oak Woodlands. A committee apparently found this the perfect place for a storm debris and sediment dump. These grand old trees made it through World War I, the Great Depression, the invention of television, and the Bush administration, but LA County swings a mean axe.

Here’s the petition where we can ask the County decision-makers to leave the Woodlands alone and go back to doing what they do best: Nothing.

“I’ll tell you what I’ll do for you – nothing. Is that any good to you? Nothing? Mind you, I can’t do it straight away; something is always cropping up. But if I can find the time to do nothing for you, I’ll try to squeeze it in.” – Alice in Wonderland

(The photo is from Hahamongna, but you get the general idea.)

41 comments:

bandit said...

Good on ya', Swede!


wv: dispinge, a synonym for nothing.

Pat Tillett said...

I hate hearing this stuff! The old trees have more of a right to be there than we do...

Anonymous said...

It's worth a fight.

GG

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Great. Now you've made me sign a petition and get myself on god knows how many hippie mailing lists. Still, I approve, Karin.

Jessica Hall said...

what a great quote. Thanks for participating!

Cafe Observer said...

The 1st thot to come to mind was this original one: "Too Little, Too Late."

Next thot is: I hope I'm wrong.

Carolynn said...

Oooooh! You scooped me on the Alice quote. I've been saving this one up for just the right day. You've used it to perfection here.

Good luck taking on The Man.

altadenahiker said...

that's ok Carolynn, it's reusable.

Thank you all for signing. If you get a clog catalogue, Terry, you'll know why.

Petrea said...

Making an oak grove into a dump. My sentiments exactly, Karin.

Emily Green said...

Thank you Altadena Hiker for doing this post.

Bellis said...

Thanks for taking part. The flood control folks snuck this one past all the environmental groups and somehow got the approval of Fish and Game. I guess the people we think are taking care of the environment are not always on the environment's side. I've just heard via Laura Garrett that the inquiry found they had done everything correctly and the woodland will be cut down on Wednesday January 12. I think we should all stand by the gate to the killing fields (they already have security in place to make sure no-one gets in) and hold a wake for the trees, and the countless birds, animals and butterflies that will now be displaced. At a time when we're being asked to plant 10,000 trees to make up for the losses in the Station Fire, it seems such a waste to kill healthy old trees like this.

Marjie said...

WV: extering. Seems like the word for what the government morons are doing to those trees. Haven't they heard that California is broke? They can't afford to cut down the trees. Plus, it's not good for global warming to cut them down. Well, you helped Thor with his petition, so we are helping you with yours.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Wow, great post, Karin. And just what LA County needs - another dump.

Jean Spitzer said...

I'm number 739. Wish I'd known about this earlier.

Hope it's a case of better late, than never.

Jean Spitzer said...

Anyway, 700-something.

wv: flubmat

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOkdUoz9UTA

Btw: The german word for City Hall in is RAThaus.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Karin!

D.

Miss Janey said...

Well, better late than never. Miss J had no idea this was in the works.

Susan Campisi said...

I signed and called Mike Antonovich's office (213-974-5555) at Bellis' suggestion. Tony Bell said they received the impact statement from Dept of Public Works and will review that. They'll have more info Monday, said to call back then. I told him I'd heard it was a done deal and they were going to start chopping Wed, 1/12, but he wouldn't confirm or deny. Seemed sympathetic but exasperated.

Brilliant words, Karin. I'm all for hugging those trees. Great idea, Bellis. If you're serious about going over there Wed, count me in.

Mister Earl said...

Signed, sealed, and delivered

Paula said...

I expected to see something here today after I found out about it on PA's blog. I signed the petition and added my own special thoughts about how the clean up from Hurricane Ivan was handled: some good, some bad. Regarding the sediment disposal, to be blunt and to the point: what a bunch of dopes.

Banjo52 said...

Good luck with this. They offer no defense of the plan? Crazy.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Alice would like to stay in Wonderland.
Great quote, dismal forecast

Shell Sherree said...

I just don't understand how this stuff still goes on in this day and age. It's depressingly nonsensical.

altadenahiker said...

thank you all for joining in. One of the organizers sent an email, all excited that there were signatures from Australia and Michigan and Pennsylvania. And I thought, oh yeah, that's Shell, Banjo, and Marjie.

camissonia said...

As far as I'm concerned, our native oaks are sacrosanct. How could this be? Barbara E. has also been posting on the Arcadia Woodlands issue recently on her blog at www.wildsuburbia.blogspot.com (1/7/11 "Call Supervisor Antonovich").

Bellis said...

I know a secret entrance to the forest that won't be patrolled by their security guys. If I were younger and braver, I might have chained myself to a tree.

What happened to the greyhound post?

altadenahiker said...

sorry about the greyhound post. Took it down to make a change, then saved it as a draft and that zapped all the comments. Not much point putting it back up after that.

Mister Earl said...

AH: That's like the time Jane Asher was cleaning out Paul McCartney's place and threw out a bunch of papers containing dozens of unrecorded Lennon/McCartney songs!

Mister Earl said...

You're for sure gonna break 300 comments on the greyhound post. Have you thought about what you're going to do with the prize money? Take me! Take me!

Shanna said...

I did already sign the petition and passed it along to everyone I know.

I'll go get Jim right now...I don't think he has signed yet.

wv: droinest - This is the droinest thing I've ever heard.

Jean Spitzer said...

Thanks for the heads-up about saving as draft. How unhelpful of blogger to send all the comments away.

Every once in a while, I check on the greyhound post--time to do it again, just to marvel at the tenacity.

Mister Earl said...

Congratulations, KB. You just hit 300 comments!

altadenahiker said...

Which begs the question, and I can say that because dogs beg for anything, even questions: Don't these people have any hobbies?

Bellis said...

Yes, I was thinking about that as well, they seem to be online 24/7. I laughed out loud about Ron and Elizabeth's attempts to humor them, but they didn't even notice (and one person misunderstood).

Karin, any poker-playing cats need adoption?

altadenahiker said...

Yeah, I was going to follow PA's with GREAT TASTE, LESS FILLING. But common sense prevailed. Plus, a couple of them apparently know where I live.

Laurie said...

I really think we should have a greyhound posting day on all blogs. It will be so overwhelming. I mean, how can they go talk nonstop on ALL of our blogs?

Maybe City Daily Photo can make it a Theme Day!

Mister Earl said...

They are like parasites. They have no home of their own, they live in the blogs and websites of others. Don't wish this plague on yourself, Laurie!

Ken Mac said...

here, they destroy classic architecture, there it's classic trees. this is called "evil"

Margaret said...

Signed it!

Laurie said...

Getting back to Arcadia Woodlands, it looks like we have one more day to make some noise about it. I am late getting this on my blog but tomorrow's post links to the petition as well as the latest coverage on Arcadia Patch.

TheChieftess said...

Well...today is the 12th and I just read your blog...let us know what happened today...