Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

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Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone
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Marborg has cut 11 large healthy eucalyptus trees in the coastal zone and it exposes their industrial facilities. The city gave a permit to cut trees but it's unsure what the reason was. Permits to remove this many mature eucalyptus trees must be done with a reason explaining why the trees require removal.

The address is 23 S. Quarantina Street (at the corner of Quarantina and Quinientos). There are multiple addresses associated with this site and it’s highly unclear - 10 S. Quarantina, 620 Quinientos...

 

The eucalyptus trees also served to block some of the noise and dust that’s generated by the MRF (material recovery facility - fancy term for concrete and asphalt crushing equipment). The dust that becomes airborne is loaded with silica, a known carcinogen.

The MRF and MarBorg’s other operations were set up between 2004 and 2013 when the zoning was M-1 Light Manufacturing. None of these land uses were legal, so MarBorg Industries and Lash Construction had the zoning changed to Industrial (I) to suit themselves. There is another cement company involved called Cemex, which is one of the largest businesses in the world, and on the Department of Justice and EPA list of top violators.

Additionally, MarBorg does not provide parking for their army of employees and the city has claimed they are not required to do so as the municipal code doesn’t have a requirement for their type of land use. 

 

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Flicka Oct 01, 2019 03:33 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

The eucalyptus trees along the highway in Camarillo were planted by Adolfo Camarillo to provide a shady place for travelers to cool off after using the Cornejo Grade. The Grade used to be all zig-zag and really a horrible trip. Often cars would have radiators heating up, my Mom's often did. I miss seeing the trees.

Lucky 777 Oct 01, 2019 01:48 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Anyone else remember the beautiful lines of eucalyptus that used to parallel on the roads through the Camarillo fields, creating wind breaks? And the long row that bordered the 101 there? All stumps now.

macpuzl Oct 04, 2019 05:01 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

One problem caused by those picturesque rows of trees, though rare, was the triggering of epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals who drove through at just the right speed.

Flicka Oct 01, 2019 10:10 AM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Wow, there are complaints about the Marborg workers parking on the streets, so the trees are cut down to make parking space on their property and still get complaints. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Seems no winning on this one.

LocalMatt Sep 30, 2019 07:47 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

When those eucalyptus trees become a fall hazard and people could be killed, everything else goes out the window. I'll pick a human life over a tree or butterfly anyday.

a-1571477999 Sep 30, 2019 08:28 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Any green living thing would help. Clearly they aren’t going to plant more trees, if they want the space for parking. But something around the edges would be better than nothing.

100572P Sep 30, 2019 03:46 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Sounds like the OP is super jaded against Industrial zoning. "so MarBorg Industries and Lash Construction had the zoning changed to Industrial (I) to suit themselves." Is that not what a landowner is supposed to do? Who should they "suit" if not themselves? Both of those companies are needed and do many great things in this community. Those trees are a fire hazard and by the pictures seem to be close to the electrical lines. Either way, it is their choice and the the trees did not do one thing to block "a known carcinogen". One would think they are a sponge tree if that is the case. This complaint began with trees, made it way through zoning, and ended with parking. It sounds to me the like OP should just move.

PitMix Sep 30, 2019 04:08 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

City is supposed to protect the public interest. Not having parking spaces for their employees seems like an oversight, but explains the lack of parking in that area. Marborg in general seems like a good corporate citizen though.

a-1571477999 Sep 30, 2019 03:05 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Good for Marborg. Eucalyptus trees, non CA native trees, are nothing more than Roman candles waiting to burn down the area. They drop many pounds of dry, oil-laden bark & leaves each season and are a total nuisance. Good on Marborg & the City for allowing this.

PitMix Oct 02, 2019 01:28 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Thanks for your info. I believe the monarchs roost in pines in their wintering grounds in Mexico. So it seems they will use any tree in an area that allows them to survive, and the eucs are their last option here now and also in Santa Cruz. Probably the Marborg trees weren't extensive enough to be used by them; I was just responding to the people that said the trees are good for nothing.

a-1571477999 Oct 01, 2019 07:55 AM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Thank you for this about monarchs of yore! I remember the monarchs around the Music Academy, but I do doubt there were any at the Marburg facility. The air quality in that area is oftentimes poor and without the trees it will be worse. One may have a legal right to cut trees on one's property but that right should be reconsidered, especially in an area such as there where there is a need for more trees not fewer. Imagine this happening on the upper east? LOL, but here where there are very low income residents intermixed with Marborg and other businesses, who will complain. I doubt there were many if any butterflies in that area because of the air quality. Cutting down the trees will make the air worse for the residents, including the homeless, and the bikers and walkers from the lower east.

a-1571477999 Sep 30, 2019 07:25 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Not PITMIX, but I will say that roosting Monarch butterflies need a special micro-environment. They need just the right amount of shade, sunlight and moisture. The giant stands of Eucalyptus in some areas provide that now. There used to be aggregations of Monarchs off San Leandro Ln, right next to The Music Academy (hence "Butterfly Lane") and even on the Wilcox Property/DFP. The San Leandro Ln and Music Academy locations both experienced removal of many of their Eucalyptus-----that's why you don't see Monarch aggregations there anymore. The Monarch population at DFP has vanished. Perhaps the Eucalyptus weren't the original roosting groves; some say it was Cypress trees many years ago. But the eucs are what we have now. For Marborg to have summarily destroyed so many healthy, happy, habitat-providing trees is a travesty.

a-1571477999 Sep 30, 2019 07:16 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

SEP 30, 2019 03:05 PM Written with all the ignorance you could muster. Eucalyptus trees in Santa Barbara provide shade, habitat, nectar-laden blossoms, release oxygen and give birds a place to perch along with insects to eat. Name one tree that doesn't drop leaves and twigs. Not all Eucalyptus drop bark, either. Tree-averse people are so tiresome. How terrible that Marborg was allowed to kill trees that took decades to grow and add to our greenery. For shame, Marborg.

MountainMan4865 Sep 30, 2019 06:42 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Pitmix - please don't take this as argumentative, but I was thinking about this the other day. If the Euc's are not native, but this is the route Monarchs take.... is it because of the Euc's, or is there another host tree/plant? If these non-native trees weren't here, would we still have the Monarchs passing through?

Factotum Sep 30, 2019 05:17 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

What did the Monarchs do before 1850's when the eucalyptus trees imported from Australia and planted along the rail road lines, hoping the wood could be used for rail road ties. Too brittle so that did not work, but it appears they were adopted by the Monarchs. So how did the imported eucalyptus trees become essential for the Monarch butterflies, unless they came on the same boats from Australia.

PitMix Sep 30, 2019 04:06 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

I think the Monarch Butterflies disagree with you. Also, from Website: "Eucalyptus is also excellent as wildlife habitat, despite contrary claims..... Eucalyptus has nectar-rich winter-blooming flowers. It’s the largest flowering plant in the world. In the Bay Area, it flowers when few other trees or plants are in bloom, and its flowers are rich in nectar. It provides a food source to insects and the birds that feed on them, as well as directly to nectar-feeding birds......Eucalyptus trees provide nest sites for a whole variety of birds. As the trees mature, cavities form or are excavated by woodpeckers. These form nest sites not just for woodpeckers, but Western Bluebirds and other cavity-nesters. The crooks of the branches provide nesting spaces for Great Horned Owls and for Red-tailed Hawks."

a-1571477999 Sep 30, 2019 02:40 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Nice to see Edhatters get all hot and bothered about something besides helicopters. BTW OP, it is very well known by the permitter and permittee why those trees were cut down. If you were honest you'd have said YOU did not know why, not that IT was not known. Classic language used by those who dabble in the rhetorical arts of spinning, parsing and obfuscating the truth.

Flicka Sep 30, 2019 02:30 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

"All trash hauling owned by organized crime?" Good heavens, paint them all with one brush? The Borgatellos are about as far from that as you could get. They are a wonderful family, been hauling trash since 1936 when two brothers, Charlie and Mario, bought a truck and started in Montecito where they were raised. In fact, it actually started before that when the young boys collected kitchen food scraps the cooks on big estates would leave in a bucket on the back porch; used to feed their pigs. They worked starting at a very young age to help their widowed mother care for her 5 children; dad died in the 1918 influzenia epidemic. There is nothing wrong with donating to the campaign of someone you believe will do the best job for our city. The Borgatellos also donate generously to many non-profit organizations in our community. SANTABARBARAOBSERVER got it right where eucalyptus trees are concerned.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 30, 2019 01:51 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Eucs are dirty, invasive and extremely flammable. They should be removed from most place around SB. I see nothing wrong with this but a whole lot wrong with the ridiculous overreaction by people on such trivial matters. Seriously, get a life. Get a real cause.

PitMix Sep 30, 2019 02:19 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

I think the Monarch Butterflies disagree with you. Also, from Website: "Eucalyptus is also excellent as wildlife habitat, despite contrary claims..... Eucalyptus has nectar-rich winter-blooming flowers. It’s the largest flowering plant in the world. In the Bay Area, it flowers when few other trees or plants are in bloom, and its flowers are rich in nectar. It provides a food source to insects and the birds that feed on them, as well as directly to nectar-feeding birds......Eucalyptus trees provide nest sites for a whole variety of birds. As the trees mature, cavities form or are excavated by woodpeckers. These form nest sites not just for woodpeckers, but Western Bluebirds and other cavity-nesters. The crooks of the branches provide nesting spaces for Great Horned Owls and for Red-tailed Hawks."

a-1571477999 Sep 30, 2019 01:44 PM
Marborg Cuts Down Eucalyptus Trees in Coastal Zone

Why isn't the City doing anything about this? $$$$$ What about city councilman Jason Dominguez who represents this area? $$$$$$ The family who owns Marborg has donated significantly to his campaign.

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