Save a healthy Torrey Pine – Come to tonight’s Planning Board meeting.

by on January 5, 2011 · 12 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach, Organizing

If you care about Torrey Pines, trees in general, our environment, the natural beauty of OB – please attend tonight’s (Wednesday, Jan. 5th) Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting.

A solitary Torrey Pine – located at 4633 Long Branch Avenue – is on the agenda. It’s healthy – yet it grows at a slant. It’s majestic – yet its roots have grown and expanded enough to crack the sidewalk and a nearby retaining wall.

The City of San Diego Street Division wants to chop it down.

Local activists and the OB Rag have led the fight to save the 80 year old tree.

We now have a certified arborist’s report that the tree is healthy and stable. This report will be presented at tonight’s meeting, which begins at 6pm at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

A month ago, the City gave its presentation to the Board – declaring the tree is a hazard and needs to be cut down. The Board decided it needed more information and gave the parties 30 days to come forward with additional evaluations of the tree and alternatives to its removal.

The sidewalk repair needs to occur, but it can be done without harming the tree or its roots. The City has done this over on Saratoga Avenue – 3 blocks away – with other Torrey Pines on that block.

Here are some facts:

  • The Torrey Pine is healthy and stable. It simply grows at a slant.
  • It did not move or change during the recent highly windy storms.
  • Torrey Pines are known to grow at a slant.
  • Torrey Pines are a protected species here in San Diego – it is illegal to harm or kill them.
  • In the wild, Torrey Pines can live to be 200 years old.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar J January 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

What time is this meeting?

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avatar Frank Gormlie January 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

6pm, but the first 15 to 20 minutes or so are taken up by reports.

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avatar dave rice January 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

The tree lives. Woot, woot.

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avatar OB Dude January 6, 2011 at 8:14 am

What a great start to a new year! The tree stays. Great work to all involved!!!!!!

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avatar jim grant January 6, 2011 at 8:28 am

NICE WORK !!!!!!!!!

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avatar Creeze January 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

Richard Agee has championed the cause of this Torrey Pine from the very beginning and should be given all due credit because without his foresight and dedication there would now be a huge hole in the canopy on Long Branch Avenue.
Thank You Richard… Three cheers for Mr. Agee !

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avatar mr fresh January 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

since the comments are “turned off” on the article announcing that the tree has been saved… and i love to post snark…
is there any irony in the fact that the same day that the treehugging OB Rag announced that the Torry Pine was saved they picked up a car dealership as a sponsor? Does this mean that the will be an OB Rag Priusmobile cruising the streets soon? Is this part of the GOP takeover of the House?

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avatar doug porter January 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

no, freshie, it’s not a coincidence. enjoy your conspiracy theories. and welcome to Toyota of El Cajon. thanks for supporting community based journalism.

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avatar OBWarZone January 6, 2011 at 10:52 am

On Monday night, Dream Street talent-buyer Drew McDaniel posted on the bar’s website that the venue was finished. Neither McDaniel nor bar owner Billy Savino was available for comment. Shelby Wickersheim, who owns and operates a Pacific Beach hair salon, has taken over the business and the liquor license and will rename the Bacon Street bar Mothers Ocean Beach. She did not return a request for comment.

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avatar doug porter January 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

just went to the website & it’s myspace page. saw nothing about it being finished/closed/sold

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avatar Sarah January 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

I went there, too.

I saw nothing about it being closed/sold, but I heard that rumor as well. I have to say it’s funny to see OB referred to as, “…Trend setting and artsy…”.

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avatar OBWarZone January 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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