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Tree-sitters in Arcadia removed, booked on trespassing charges

January 12, 2011 | 10:01 pm

Tree-sitters in Arcadia Four tree-sitters who tried to stop bulldozers from clearing a grove of oaks and sycamores in Arcadia were removed Wednesday night and booked on charges of trespassing, officials said.

The action culminated a daylong standoff between activists and Los Angeles County crews who were trying to clear out the 200 trees to make way for muck from a nearby reservoir. By nightfall, officials said, about 90% of the trees had been removed.

The four tree-sitters, two men and two women, were removed from two trees shortly before 8 p.m, said Kerjon Lee, a spokesman for the county Department of Public Works.

The four activists were booked into the Temple City sheriff's station.

Earlier in the day, actress Daryl Hannah was escorted from the site by sheriff's deputies after she had arrived to support the activists.

The Public Works Department, which owns the property, is preparing the site to take on 500,000 cubic yards of silt, rocks and vegetation from the Santa Anita Reservoir. The dredging project is part of flood-control efforts for foothill neighborhoods.


Trees felled as activists protest clearing project

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Activist supports tree-sitters Wednesday afternoon. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times.