Palm tree trimmers ask public not to move orange cones as work resumes in La Jolla Village

An employee with Atlas Environmental Services trimmed fronds from a palm tree on lower Girard Avenue Friday morning, May 10.

By Pat Sherman

The long-delayed trimming of palm trees in La Jolla Village has resumed, with work beginning about a week ago on Herschel Avenue and Silverado Street.

However, workers say people are moving their orange cones and temporary ‘no parking’ signs, then parking in spaces below the trees that need to be trimmed — delaying their work schedule.

“It makes our job a lot harder,” said Jade Russell of Atlas Environmental Services, the company contracted by the city to do the work. “We could have been finished, we could have been out of the city, out of La Jolla, but then we have to go back later or the next day and put some more cones (on the street).

“In one day I moved the cones like three times,” he said. “We’ll drive around to go do some other (trees), and when we come back to that spot, our cones are on the sidewalk somewhere.”

Sweeping a portion of the sidewalk along lower Girard Avenue where a tree was being trimmed Friday morning, La Valencia Hotel’s grounds supervisor, Kelli Pharis, said she was pleased to see the city continue trimming its palms.

Workers are asking the public not to move their signs and cones, which will delay ongoing palm tree trimming in the Village.

Since starting at the hotel two years ago, Pharis said she has twice had to hire a contractor to trim palms adjacent to La Valencia.

“When it gets rainy and windy all the fronds start falling and it just gets left in the street,” Pharis said, adding that the city had previously offered to trim its trees if the hotel paid extra for the work.

Russell said his crew was next headed to trim palms on Genter and Prospect streets.

“I think the last time they trimmed them was at least five years ago,” Russell said, noting it is taking his crew a little longer to complete the job due to the neglect — largely a result of the city’s recent budget woes.

Related posts:

  1. The Seal Deal: Part 1 of series explores the pinniped world at Children’s Pool in La Jolla
  2. La Jolla planning association to hold elections March 7
  3. People to Watch: 19 of La Jolla’s leaders share their goals for 2013
  4. 2012: A Year Like No Other in La Jolla
  5. Coastal Commission approves permit for year-round seal rope

Short URL:

Posted by Pat Sherman on May 10, 2013. Filed under La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case April 17, 2014
    A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation. Christopher ``Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison. […]
  • Del Mar Powerhouse 10U Champions April 17, 2014
    The Del Mar Powerhouse 10U team played two pool play games and two elimination games to go undefeated in the Triple Crown Sports San Diego Open and win the Division 1 Championship. The boys showed great determination and fight to come away victorious in elimination play and battle for the win with a one-run margin of victory for both semi-final and champions […]
  • Canyon Crest girls crack top three at Arcadia, set new school record April 17, 2014
    Several young women runners from Carmel Valley high schools raced well in the Arcadia Invitational on April 11-12 in Los Angeles. Arcadia is considered to be one of the most competitive high school track and field meets in the country, drawing both national and international athletes to compete. […]