After months of debate and multiple arborist assessments, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted three to two to authorize the removal a dying oak tree located in the city’s right-of-way at 4341 Encinas Drive.
The decision came at the city council meeting on Monday, with Mayor Laura Olhasso and councilmembers Gregory Brown and David Spence voting in favor of the removal, and Mayor Pro Tem Donald Voss and councilmember Steve Del Guercio voting in opposition.
The tree, a Coast live oak, or Quercus agrifolia, is one of five species of trees protected by the city’s tree ordinance. The tree’s trunk is approximately 42 inches in diameter, and stands about 45-feet tall. Its crown stretches 75-feet wide, and together, with other adjacent oaks, creates a thick canopy that is one of the distinguishing features of the intersection at Encinas Drive and Shepherds Lane.