Ask the Light editor: Who’s job is it to maintain vegetation along our roads?

Q: Who is responsible for maintaining the vegetation along Torrey Pines Road? Just past Pottery Canyon, lots debris remains after some of the trees were trimmed or cut after the storms last year. It’s a fire hazard there and on the opposite side of the road. WWho is responsible for maintaining the vegetation along Torrey Pines Road?

Tree stumps and brush line Torrey Pines Road. Photo: Dave Schwab2) Who should citizens contact to ask for assistance?

3) What about community efforts to aid cleanup or donations to a fund to accomplish this?

A: In response to the Torrey Pines Road matter, Hasan Yousef, deputy director of the city’s Transportation Department said Monday, that after the Light called to ask about the situation, the site was inspected and crews found a lot of brush that needs to be hauled out of there. Crews were set to begin the work this week, he said, but it’s going to take some time to remove the entire pile because they have to work on it off and on because they also have other projects. Hopefully, he added, it will be done by the end of October.

For information on the city’s brush management programs go to


To report brush abatement problems call the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Brush and Weed Hotline at (619) 533-4444. Sherri Lightner’s office has been very good about following up on problem issues so you might want to e-mail her at


As for community efforts, there has not been a concerted effort to take on brush cleanup, other than occasional calls to form a local Fire Safe Council. However, some people are talking about a beautification effort that might take hold on the La Jolla Parkway entrance to the community that has been called the “Teardrop.” Stay tuned for more on those efforts.

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