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LAist sighed sadly after reading Emily Green’s story about Southland palm trees in the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
Our beloved mascots are dying out due to old age. Cities can no longer afford to replace them with new seedlings, as Las Vegas casino developers have pushed prices beyond most municipal budgets. Green informs us:
Demand from casinos has forced prices for Canary Island date palms to $350 to $500 per foot of trunk, never mind craning, trucking and planting. Across the palm market, including installation, a 15-foot Canary Island date palm might cost $7,500, a date palm $3,500, a queen palm $1,500, a Mexican fan palm $1,000. To start with trees of decent size, city tree buyers have been turning to oaks, jacarandas and ficus saplings, with price tags in the hundreds, not thousands.
The new need is for broad-canopy trees that help counterbalance auto emissions. Upon finishing this article, LAist now realizes that the large number of trees in bloom this spring might have been the cumulative result of this new policy, rather than a wet winter.
In the near future, Palms may no longer dominate the Angeleno skyline at dusk. But they will always stand strong in our memories.
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April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.