If a tree falls in La Cañada Flintridge, there's a pretty good chance a city staffer will hear it. But officials are tweaking the city's tree ordinance, looking to make it easier for residents to work with local rules.
The moves the city is considering would both expand tree protections and ease them.
The Chinese elm, the subject of several recent enforcement actions, and California pepper tree would come off the protected list.
City staff — which now takes a deposit from homeowners and selects an arborist from a list of certified professionals to remove a protected tree — would allow residents to choose their own arborist off the list. The city may also give homeowners more say in trimming trees on public property that affect residences.
But any tree with a trunk more than 3 feet in diameter would go on the protected list, and residents would be required to get a permit before trimming any branch more than 8 inches in diameter.