Every problem is a nail and the government is a hammer. In the past couple of weeks, because of the history of the Marigold Fire last August, I reported the weed problem in the area behind those houses and the freeway wall.
The fields the week prior to that fire had been taken down to the ground, but brush behind their fences and in their yards had helped fuel those fires along with eucalyptus trees used in landscaping.
To my utter amazement, I have been told by representatives from the Department of Water Resources, that manages that area, that I have to remove three two-year-old redbuds and a two-year-old dogwood that came as sticks from the Arbor Day Foundation. Reason: They will burn easily and spread to fence and house. Really? Strange isn’t it that all the oaks can remain?
For more than 37 years, we have kept a defensible space on a 15- by 80-foot space behind our back fence on property we do not own without praise from anyone. We will be given a written edict to remove those offending trees by this overreaching arm of California state government.