Roberta Dominguez’s months-long quest for removal of a Chinese elm tree from the back yard of her La Cañada home will last at least a month longer after she was unable to obtain a city-approved arborist’s report in time for this week’s Planning Commission meeting. The commission voted to continue her appeal to the next meeting, which will not take place until September due to the commission’s August recess.
Planning Commissioner Herand Sarkissian said that the appeal was continued because of the difficulty of providing Dominguez with the city ordinance-mandated options for the arborist’s report.
“The process of the city calls for an arborist to render an opinion what the tree is, or is not, doing,” said Sarkissian. “I think [city staff] was late in getting three estimates, because they have to get three competitive estimates, and then present it to [the appellant].”