California Science Center agrees to replace 4 for 1 trees along Space Shuttle route

The California Science Center has agreed to replant four trees for every one felled along the Space Shuttle Endeavor route next month, just one in a long list of concessions won by the Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council and its president Lark Galloway Gilliam.

Along the route that runs through Inglewood, up Crenshaw then east on King Blvd. to Expo Park, 760 trees will be planted, according to KPCC reporter Corey Moore.

During a public hearing at L.A. City Hall, California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph told the Department of Public Works board that they will also some large box trees to address concerns over the loss of mature trees that provide shade and the new trees will be planted within 120 days after the city approves the re-planting permits.

“We need to continue - as many of you have said - continue the efforts to engage and involve everyone in our community in this effort and to just be out there more than we have been and more than everyone has been, frankly," Rudolph told the board.

Tree removal could begin as early as next week, reports the LA Times, to make way for the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s two-day trek to the California Science Center on October 12th.

The Science Center, which has free admission, agreed to more scholarships, teacher training and to take care of the trees from 3-5 years.

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Comment by Lexuses71 on September 23, 2012 at 7:17am

Gina-

I also am along that MLK path (a bit east of you). City Maintenence has already made 2-3 passes down King and several trees on south side (in front of Audubon Middle school) have been cut to the stumps.Others have been heavily trimmed back. It is what it is, unfortunately...Zip code does matter.   

Comment by Gina F. on September 19, 2012 at 2:57pm

Do you know where the trees are that they plan to cut?  I live in Leimert Park and I am very worried they are going to cut the down the majestic trees on the corner of McClung and King that I have seen since I was a child. If you know please let me know, Help quell my fears.  Thanks.

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