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$1000 Reward For Identification of Tree Vandal

By Sarah Besley

June 17, 2014

UPDATE: The Larchmont Buzz has just covered our vandalized trees.  Click here to read.

Recently, the Sunset and Vine Business Improvement District (BID) planted 50 trees along Vine Street, between Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Blvd., in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.

It took over eight months to plan, obtain permits, saw-cut the wells, and eventually plant these trees, intended to beautify this stretch of Vine Street and make it more pedestrian-friendly.

However, a vandal has fatally cut more than 32 of the young Jacaranda trees, beginning the week of May 19, 2014.  Damage is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The Sunset & Vine BID is offering a $1000 cash reward for the positive identification – leading to the arrest or prosecution – of the individual responsible for the vandalism.

The BID is committed to planting new trees in the coming months.

UPDATE: The Park LaBrea News / Beverly Press has covered the incident.  Read all about it here.

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