The endangered Torrey Pine tree on the 4600 block of Long Branch Avenue is on the agenda of the December 1st meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board. The huge, beautiful tree located at 4633 Long Branch is endangered because the City of San Diego wants either to cut it down or perform drastic cutting that itself could endanger the tree.
Drew Potocki and Mary Wolford from the City are expected to be present, and will be giving reports on opinions about the Torrey Pine from experts that say the tree should be removed.
The sidewalk next to the tree has buckled and the City wishes to repair the sidewalk. However, over on the 4600 block of Saratoga Avenue, where there are a number of Torrey Pines, the city was able to repair sidewalks without damaging the trees.
Local residents have also retained one and perhaps two arborists who disagree with the City’s plans for the tree. Plus a local activist, Richard Agee, has requested the three reports from arborists the City cites as their basis for the tree’s removal. The City in response has informed Agee that it needs additional time to get the reports to him.