Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

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By John Palminteri 

A large branch snapped from a tall tree on State Street near Haley in downtown Santa Barbara about 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

It hit between two outside patio dining and bar areas, including Whiskey Richards.

No one was hurt.

Santa Barbara Public works closed off traffic in one direction of the 400 block s where one lane was covered by the broken branch.

A city Forestry Division crew removed tree branch [Wednesday] morning.

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Chip of SB Jul 01, 2021 04:11 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

This is part of the natural, though perhaps non-native, urban forest. It may be a bit dangerous, but that is just part of the excitement of being in the city of Santa Barbara. You never know when one of the people’s trees might fall on you. And if anyone was even thinking about doing something to address that dangerous tree near their home or business, beware! The city is cracking down hard and will not tolerate any maintenance being performed on the people’s trees. Pruning that decrepit tree in front of your house is a felony! You must allow the tree to decay and fall naturally, whatever the consequences may be for life and property.

ChillinGrillin Jul 01, 2021 04:21 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

Lol is this the new hill the professional Edhat comment section whiners are going to die on? The "right" to cut down trees on public property?

OGSB Jul 01, 2021 06:56 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

@ Chillin Funny, but it's not about the douch bag house flipper. It's about how the city plants trees on your parkway and refuses to maintain them or let you. It's super frustrating if you have ever had to deal with it.

edney Jul 01, 2021 10:14 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

Yeah but when the homeless get a little torchy with the urban forest, all the sudden everyone starts making excuses for them rather than nicking them for dual felony of arson and destroying public property.

a-1625192845 Jul 01, 2021 07:27 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

It's not just the City. The County plants trees and shrubbery and then doesn't keep it up.
Notice the first block of San Ysidro Road. Pointing it out to Supervisor Williams is a losing battle.

gizmo1 Jul 01, 2021 07:45 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

Forestry division did they hire some more family to run that department head good pension what about the tree people that work for the city with the fanciest trucks better than the private sector

FondofSB Jul 01, 2021 08:41 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

California infrastructure (and this is also infrastructure) is in a dismal underdeveloped country state .
Just look at all the "dangling" electric wires responsible, among other, for most of the devastating forest fires.
And NOTHING is done about it !
This is an absolute disgrace !

purpleflower Jul 01, 2021 08:56 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

Nonbidenary, that crack against vegans was uncalled for. Are you perhaps feeling guilty about something? Maybe like eating meat? I really don’t care what you eat but there is no reason to be snide to vegans on a news story about a fallen tree branch. Yes, I’m vegan but I was a carnivore for over 45 years so I’m not on a pedestal.

ZeroHawk Jul 02, 2021 09:00 AM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

Purple, typical comment from a vegan. Guilty? I highly doubt he/she is feeling guilt for eating meat, as none of us are. We eat to survive. You eat to make a point. There is a difference between vegans and the rest of the world. You're trying to make a point, we're trying to survive. I've got plenty of thin, wirey vegan friends. Science has proven that plants feel as well. Think that over when you're devouring a lettuce sandwich. His comment was funny. Perhaps if you had better nutrition in your diet, you too would be happier and find things funny again. <3

Babycakes Jul 02, 2021 09:33 AM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

The tree dropping the branch may have been calling out for help as it had been obviously neglected by the city. We no longer invite our vegan friends over when we have a get-together, party, bbq, or celebration as "they" are too much work. For example, we used to do our best to accommodate the veegs, but we seemed to fail at every turn when we'd offer something as simple as Chips: "Are they made from certified organic corn? Processed on machines that were within five miles of nuts? Do you have any chips made from certified organic lentils? Are they salted with real vegan salt? ......on and on they go. So, it's just easier not to deal with them at our home or god forbid to to a restaurant when the wait staff is thoroughly interrogated about each/every item on the menu.

RHS Jul 02, 2021 09:53 AM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

The Jacaranda trees are beautiful. Be aware, however, that the city is planning to remove the magnificent Jacarandas on Misssion at the 101 freeway. This to accommodate a bike lane to allow bicyclists not to dismount for a 50 yard or less walk.

MarcelK Jul 02, 2021 01:39 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

"This to accommodate a bike lane to allow bicyclists not to dismount for a 50 yard or less walk."

If that's the purpose of the bike lane then it's an excellent purpose.

ZeroHawk Jul 02, 2021 09:03 AM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

well the tree guys in the city have let the trees in town go without pruning or trimming for over a decade, yet they have no qualms about fining someone for pruning them or even removing them. SB city needs to wake up and realize they are responsible for everyone one of these non native trees planted here. They are responsible for pruning, trimming, watering, fertilizing them....they hardley if ever water them let alone feed them and prune them. The city sure loves to harass people for taking care of things themselves, how about they step up and do their job. We all pay for them to do their job and if i don't do my job, i get fired, right?

letmego Jul 02, 2021 09:19 AM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

I totally agree with the city that they should prosecute the guy who removed city trees without approval or a permit. (I mean, I still think it's okay that you do it...)

However, I also agree with you here. If the city OWNS the trees, they need to MAINTAIN the trees. You cannot have it both ways. And maintaining the sheer number of trees in this town is going to be a LOT of work and cost a lot of money...maybe the city administrator can be taught to prune trees.

CreekMoe Jul 02, 2021 11:22 AM
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Tree Relief Bill Needed?

In most places, the home owner can cut down a nasty tree which the tract builder put in at low bid.

and in most cities and counties, the home owner can cut down the tree growing on their land.

i have cut down at least 6 trees over two stories when they got too big or too costly to prune.

others cut down the messy fruit dropper trees rather than deal with the fruit on sidewalk and streets. or it common sense. which is what SB lacks. if a tree was not
permitted when planted, it is fair game for a saw.

and in some places neighbors can sue a neighbor for letting leaves blow across
the property line.

and there may be height limits on trees in SB. and some of the invasive stuff? or
ones that block views and hides the sun that powers the roof panels.

seems it is time to pass a state law that protects people from bad trees. and stops
a rogue city from acting badly. need a referendum.

a-1625260619 Jul 02, 2021 02:16 PM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

During droughts, which will become more frequent, how about we ask the businesses with city/county trees gracing the fronts of their places to provide water to the trees? Restaurants especially could keep a large bucket for unused water served to be put and at the end of the night, one of the kitchen staff pour it on the greenery. Remember, it takes a village. ;)

perfectchaosalive Jul 03, 2021 08:51 AM
Large Branch Crashes Into Downtown Dining Area

Monday my husband and I turned left from Mission onto to Chino @ 9:40am residential speed heading south when our car was stuck by a large falling tree limb taking out electrical wires smashing our windshield
with further collision damage to our car. We were told we were the first ‘moving’ vehicle to be stuck by one of the many falling tree limbs of Santa Barbara.

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