A La Cañada Flintridge resident who is facing thousands of dollars in city fines for excessively trimming oaks on his property says the punishment is unfair.
FOR THE RECORD: This story incorrectly states that Franklin Wang will have to pay a $3,650 fine. In fact, that figure was the city staff’s recommendation, and the Planning Commission reduced the fine to $2,000.
The Planning Commission on Tuesday held Franklin Wang responsible for hiring a pruning service not approved by the city, and for over-pruning six coastal live oak trees, a species protected by city ordinance. Wang will have to pay a $3,650 fine and deposit $1,500 so that an arborist can inspect his trees three times during the next five years. The tree-trimming project was reported anonymously to the city’s code enforcement officer.