Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

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Jacaranda Trees to be Removed
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Say goodbye to this beautiful view on the 600 block of West Mission Street, where the jacaranda trees are tagged as slated for removal. They look perfectly healthy and have never been prettier than they are right now. 

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praireylark Jun 11, 2020 12:28 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

This is a horrible decision. I know it is related to the bike path project, but must we sacrifice one of the most beautiful streets in Santa Barbara? Isn't there any other way? In this terrible time of disease and violence, it is so restorative for the soul and our mental health to see the beauty of those trees. It is essential that they remain to give us hope and show the beauty and goodness still here in Santa Barbara.

SoapBox Jun 06, 2020 10:51 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

Goodbye beautiful trees. You have stood for almost a century, well beyond your life expectancy of only 75 years. I am sorry that the years of excessive pruning has caused all of your weight to be balanced on only a few now frail limbs. I am sorry that we have tangled your roots and branches with decades old live wires and utility poles that now threaten the entire neighborhood. I am sorry that the liability you pose to our citizens now outweighs the beauty of your canopy. RIP and timber, my friends.

kantanen Jun 06, 2020 10:38 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

We're removing the gorgeous jacaranda trees on Mission Street - why ? What's next - removing the oaks and other trees because of the leaf fall.. And next - should we remove all trees that add to allergy discomfort.. And then - consider removing remaining trees for 'other' reasons?

doyenne Jun 05, 2020 10:11 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

Outrageous and sad. This calls for a sit-in (or should it be a "drive-in"? ( How can we petition to stop this?

a-1594138271 Jun 05, 2020 02:57 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

You might ask the City Transportation Dept if this has anything to do with the proposed west side bicycle path. https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/SBdocuments/Advisory_Groups/Transportation_and_Circulation_Committee/Current/03_Staff_Reports/2020_02_27_La_Cumbre_Jr_High_Modoc_MUP_Report.pdf

Car Guy Jun 05, 2020 12:40 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

Well you can get the neighborhood together and March on city hall. Call your city council member and get people to talk at the city council meeting. Get a petition circulating on not removing these trees and present it to the City Council. If it was my neighborhood, I wouldn't just let them do it without a fight. These trees a special.

a-1594138271 Jun 05, 2020 09:54 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

Put out a notice to hire people to sweep and scour the sidewalks and street area during jacaranda season. I'm sure you'd get lots of takers, and temporary work in the outdoors is a perfect choice for right now.

absolutetrygve Jun 05, 2020 09:23 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

These trees are one of the most beautiful and distinctive things about Santa Barbara. My mother used to get mad when the purple carpet was swept up at all. And now they just too much effort? I can’t understand how just because a few people think these lovely beings are annoying, then they will be killed, after giving a gorgeous spring gift. Santa Barbara has really changed, I think. The Mission Street Jacarandas are a special and unique part of the city. Santa Barbara prided itself on its beautiful and unique biosphere. Is that no longer important?

LoveMySB Jun 05, 2020 09:09 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

Our city wants their input & money if we try to take a tree down within the set back that is actually on the owners property but we have no say in removing these beautiful trees from the public right of way? Doesn't make sense to me. I have one of these trees on the street in front of my house. It is beautiful and one time of year when it blooms it's messy but easy to clean up. It's roots are not tearing up the sidewalk either. I grew up with these trees on Mission Street and would hate to see them go at least without public input.

Luvaduck Jun 05, 2020 08:26 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

The city has somewhat of a history of advising trees that are pests and/or messy and require a lot of maintenance. Pepper trees and queen palms for instance. When the latter grow tall, old fronds dry out but stay on the tree. Residents can't take care of them at that height. Pepper trees are hugely invasive & destructive, leave sticky, oily residue, draw bees and aggravate many people's allergies.

FernaldPoint93108 Jun 05, 2020 08:05 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

It appears that a big part of this story is missing: why they are cutting them down.

JayKay Jun 05, 2020 10:23 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

ESPECIALLY, in light of... this https://sbbeautiful.org/jacaranda/ - come on, SB. make up your damn mind.

sbdude Jun 05, 2020 07:59 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

Beautiful trees but terrible street trees. They really do a number on sidewalks and curbs.

mtndriver Jun 05, 2020 08:22 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

SBDude—My understanding is that jacarandas are considered good street trees. Their roots don’t raise sidewalks, etc. They are one of the two official trees of SB, along with the coast live oak. Like Fernald Point, I’d like to know the reason they’re being removed. It’s not something done after one person or dept. makes a decision. Lots of input before a decision about removing street trees, long process.

Roger Jun 05, 2020 07:10 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

They don't think about them when they plant them they just want something that looks pretty then when they get old and become a bother they cut them down and kill them. Kinda like when people get old there is no use for them anymore, the same thing.

YepSB Jun 04, 2020 09:23 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

And when those beautiful flowers drop and are still just jewels on the concrete with their edges starting to curl and brown....they are slick as grease!

420722 Jun 04, 2020 09:15 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

They must’ve known this would be their last bloom. It’s the best I’ve seen in years. Rip healthy trees. I’m guessing it’s being done for the new sidewalk/bike path plan. Parking removed next?

a-1594138271 Jun 05, 2020 07:15 AM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

Who decides these things? This should not be a unilateral decision, as though it is a private tree — Mission Street is our backyard!!! Thanks to edhat for publicizing. ...I worry about the Milpas Street ficus trees that one very vocal and well-known member of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee rails against. Think how ugly (uglier, some would say) if the tall, broad, shade-giving ficus were replaced with shrunken street trees. Think about Carrillo Stree, State to. Anacapa!

chico berkeley Jun 04, 2020 05:00 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

When we built our current house a landscape architect strongly rallied against them. They are pretty but suck to own.

kohn1 Jun 04, 2020 04:29 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

It's a beautiful tree if you can drive by and look at it. If you have to park under it, it's the tree from hell.

Lina24 Jun 04, 2020 02:18 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

What?! Why? Santa Barbara has lost a lot of its charm this past year, first the beautiful tiled fountains and benches down town, now this?! It's heartbreaking.

CS805 Jun 04, 2020 02:53 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

They buck sidewalks and in certain places make it dangerous with dead leaves. I've always thought County of SB should have done something on Catherdal Oaks between Avienda Pequena and Patterson for this reason. See this example: https://goo.gl/maps/fm6rShMzhM7sKdX88

sbrobert Jun 04, 2020 02:16 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

My one complaint about Jacaranda trees: If you get those purple blossoms stuck to your feet and track them onto your carpet, it is a mess that is very difficult to clean up. Why are these trees being removed?

macpuzl Jun 04, 2020 02:42 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

We had a lovely tunnel of Jacaranda trees along our street that was glorious in May/June, but now only one or two remain. They were removed by the county because their root systems are highly invasive and shallow, pushing up sidewalks and street pavement. Thirty feet away from the tree closest to me, there was a root four inches in diameter pushing up my slab, and the yard was a checkerboard of surface roots. They were about 50 years old, and many had survived the Paint Fire, but they were starting to shed limbs in strong winds. I still miss their beauty, but I can see why they might be problematic.

letmego Jun 04, 2020 02:13 PM
Jacaranda Trees to be Removed

ahhh...driving/ running down Mission this time of year is my absolute favorite because of the Jacaranda.

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