The recent windy and wet storm did NOT move the Long Branch Torrey Pine one inch!

by on December 23, 2010 · 6 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach, Organizing, San Diego

Local activists and a Torrey Pine tree specialist have taken measurements of the Long Branch Torrey Pine, before, during and after this huge Pineapple Express storm – which was wet and very windy – and the tree did not move one inch.

We repeat – the Torrey Pine tree on Long Branch Avenue – the one the City wants to cut down because it’s hazardous and “leaning” – did not move during this recent storm.

The storm brought winds to Ocean Beach that bent Palm Trees, that brought down other straight pine trees – but did not affect this Torre Pine.

This is the Torrey Pine that the City wants to remove, partially because of the hearsay from one person that it “moved” during another storm back in November.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie December 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Thanks to Richard Agee and David Shaw for these measurements.


There's your Proof December 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

LOL, Well I guess these other people were wrong. I can see maybe a trim like people do to most trees before winter, but don’t cut the tree down. I saw one of the articles talking about losing power, and I was going to ask if anyone knows anything about this tree. Well here’s the answer.


tj December 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

Public trees are a Community Asset & should be respected, & protected.

Communities that top, otherwise disfigure, or cut down, vs, just work around – public trees – ultimatly end-up looking like the urban gettos that they are.


editordude December 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

We realize that an “inch” is actually a lot. But here it’s used as an expression, an embellishment.


Smackajackalak December 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Hey, is that tree leaning left or right? If it’s leaning left, then I can understand why some people w/ sharp tools would want to cut it down. Now, if it’s leaning right, then the Almighty & Powerfull w/ Cutting Tools would probably note its correctness & leave it be. The tree is probably aligned w/ OB in that it’s leaning left, but others may believe that it’s leaning left of the Whole Freaking Country, and that won’t do because there are more wars to declare, more profits to rake in, more people to bomb. The discussion all comes down to POV. And that would be determined by which side of the tree one is viewing it.


Creeze January 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Trees cost money to cut down…. how much money? FOLLOW THE MONEY !


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