The La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to deny an appeal to preserve a 35-foot coast live oak tree near Commonwealth and Berkshire avenues.
Councilwoman Laura Olhasso cast the dissenting vote; Councilman Stephen Del Guercio was absent.
The tree was one of 19 trees identified in March by the city's Public Works Department and contracted arborist firm, West Coast Arborist, for pruning or removal, said City Manager Mark Alexander.
"Oak trees are beautiful specimens…There was a strong emphasis placed on trimming rather than removal of oaks," Alexander said.
The tree in question, however, has a large branch that extends over Commonwealth Avenue, causing interference with traffic, especially high-profile vehicles, Alexander said. It has a clearance of 9 feet, well short of the 13 feet 6 inches needed for a fire truck tiller to pass beneath it.