Santa Barbara City Prosecutor Files Criminal Charges on Paterna Rd Tree Removals
Source: City of Santa Barbara
Today the Santa Barbara City Attorney’s Office filed a misdemeanor complaint alleging four criminal counts against James Allen Carr and Enrique Calles Vasquez.
The filing is the result of investigations conducted by City Park Rangers and the City Attorney’s Office prosecution staff following the removal of trees in the 1700 block of Paterna Road.
The defendants are charged with three counts of violating Santa Barbara Municipal Code section 15.20.115, Unlawful Tree Removal at Parkway, and one count of violating Santa Barbara Municipal Code section 15.24.020, Unlawful Tree Removal at Setback. The maximum sentence for each count is six months in jail and/or a fine of $1,000.
Mayor Cathy Murillo said, “I believe this is an appropriate response from the City. All Santa Barbarans suffer when our urban forest is damaged. I would urge anyone with concerns about street trees or trees in their front yard to contact the City’s urban forestry staff before doing any cutting or pruning.”
City Attorney Ariel Calonne separately announced that he will seek City Council authority to bring a civil action to recover treble damages for trespass