Check Before You Trim...Or Owe $374,000?!

Check Before You Trim...Or Owe $374,000?!

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Gregory Han
Nov 30, 2007

A Glendale couple dutifully trimmed their trees after getting a notice from the city about safe vertical clearance and overhang. $3,000 later, everything was trimmed and mission was seemingly accomplished. Then they were notified by the Glendale Neighborhood Services that they now owed a total of $347,600 for damaging protected indigenous trees, missing an important bit of small print requiring a proper permit.

Lesson to be learned: always read the fine print before trimming oak or sycamore branches larger than 1 inch in diameter. Read all the details here.

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