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Arcadia residents protest bulldozing of trees

January 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The bulldozing of century-old trees in Arcadia sparked a protest in Downtown Los Angeles.Residents are demanding an investigation by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The county flood control district removed about 179 oak trees as part of the man-made flood control and water conservation dam in Santa Anita Canyon.

Some protesters were arrested for trying to block the removal last Wednesday. They say it was an unnecessary destruction of a valuable eco-system.

"The trees are gone. Our focus now is to make sure something like this never happens again. The will of the people has to be honored. It's still our government," said Arcadia resident Glenn Owens.

The residents hired an engineer, who said the project could have been done without removing the trees. Residents say they have a thousand signatures requesting an independent investigation.