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Killing Trees

Dear Editor,

This week was a really lousy and noisy week for residents on Ostrom Street.

The city Public Works Department posted “no parking” signs last week for street maintenance. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., crews were busy trimming the overgrown Jacaranda trees on the street.

Well, trimming was what I expected. However, at the end of the day, many residents noticed a couple of the Jacaranda trees were completely removed!

According to Public Works Department’s Tree Maintenance Policy, Removal Conditions, the determination of a tree’s condition and removal will be made by a city-employed Certified Arborist. Was this ever done?

I understand that the purple flowers may stick to your cars in the spring. But that was one of many reasons I chose to purchase the house on this Jacaranda street. The trees were in perfect health and not causing or have the potential to cause an immediate hazard. Now we have less Jacaranda flowers to enjoy this coming spring.

The Tree Maintenance Policy also said that, “City staff shall post the tree and issue notices.” I don’t recall seeing any such notices. If I have, I would have appealed the removal.

I know it is too late now, but I sent the inquiry to Stacy Mungo’s office. I can’t wait to hear from the Council District.

Rachel Jiang

Long Beach


Great Paramedics

Dear Editor,

It was 5 a.m. and my wife was suffering from severe back seizures.

After I made a 911 call, it seemed like only minutes when the paramedics arrived. My wife was transported to Community Hospital with the very professional handling of the Paramedics.

Everyone living in Long Beach should realize we are very fortunate to have such outstanding personnel in our Fire Department.

Bill Ruzgis

Long Beach

Love Dine Out

Dear Editor,

Just a quick note to say thanks for supporting Dine Out Long Beach!

It's great our city has its own restaurant week. I know many of the restaurants in our city are not large chains, but family-run businesses. This event brings awareness to the wonderful diversity of dining in our city and promotes supporting our local business owners.

More reasons why I love Long Beach!

Theresa Grimaldi


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