The nearly 400 trees now lining a stretch of Imperial Highway – in Los Angeles-owned property just north of El Segundo – could be uprooted to make way for a water filtration system, but workers reportedly will put the trees back afterward. “We’re going to protect these trees,” said Lauren Skinner, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Public Works Department. The city’s promise comes as a relief to El Segundo city officials and Tree Musketeers, the group that organized the forest’s planting and had feared the project would require the removal of the trees. “It’s a huge relief, but we have all this experience with this, and until all the agencies with their fingers in the pie decide – we’re going to hold our breath,” said Gail Church, executive director of Tree Musketeers. El Segundo City Councilman Eric Busch, who has worked closely with the small nonprofit group, said the plan to retain trees was “reassuring.” The Tree Musketeers group is no stranger to tackling big-city bureaucracy: Its volunteers worked on and off since 1987 for permission from Los Angeles to plant trees on the barren Imperial Highway median from Sepulveda Boulevard to Main Street. The group planted its first batch of saplings in March 2005, and added about 120 trees every spring since. With 400 trees lining the corridor now, next year’s final planting will bring the total to 500, Church said. As the group recently began applying for permits to install a watering system along the highway, Tree Musketeers received word that the city’s filtration project was picking up steam and the saplings would be removed, Church said. Though engineers haven’t started formal design work for the project – essentially a deep trough filled with gravel and covered in native plants so that rainwater flows into the ground rather than the ocean – any trees that needed removal would be put back into the ground, Skinner said. Expected to begin next summer, the endeavor will be paid for with funds from Proposition 0, a $500 million bond measure approved by Los Angeles voters in 2004 to reduce polluted storm water runoff, Skinner said. Church said plants and trees replanted after uprooting have a 50 percent survival rate. “It’s not something you want to do willy-nilly,” she said, “but this is the best alternative.” With another batch of trees slated for planting in March, Church hoped Tree Musketeers would get involved in the city’s design process, set to begin in coming months. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TREE MUSKETEERS: L.A. public works project will temporarily interfere with saplings. By Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER An El Segundo youth group that planted a grove of trees has been assured that the fledgling urban forest will survive an upcoming Los Angeles city public works project.
Lorenzo Insigne 1 The agent of Arsenal and Tottenham target Lorenzo Insigne claims his client rejected “English teams who would have showered him with money”.The Italian has been hyped from a young age and, at 24, he is now fulfilling his promise for Napoli.However his agent, Fabio Andreotti, has evealed he could have left Naples during his academy days as English clubs came in with big-money offers.“Insigne has always been a symbol for the Azzurri, even in the youth teams,” Andreotti told Radio Punto Zero.“When he wasn’t yet under contract, there were English teams who would have showered him with money, but he chose to stay at Napoli.“He made the same choice after a year at Pescara, when there were so many teams interested. His is a nice story to tell.”