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(Video) Brentwood Rallies to Save Coral Trees

Members of the community gather Saturday to raise funds for the maintenance of the trees along San Vicente Boulevard.

A sizable crowd gathered in the courtyard of the Brentwood Gardens shopping complex Saturday afternoon to raise funds for the maintenance of Brentwood's coral trees.

Actress Betty White said a few words and was honored by Brentwood Community Council chair Nancy Freedman; Jim Thomas, co-chair of the Brentwood Coral Tree Endowment Fund; and Flora Gil Krisloff, senior field deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

The Los Angeles City Council decided to cut maintenance funding for the coral trees that line San Vicente Boulevard, so the Brentwood Community Council has taken it upon itself to come up with the approximately $25,000 yearly cost.

"In so doing, we can feel comfortable that the trees will be cared for properly and that because they are the icon and basically what Brentwood is all about, on our main street, and keep them in good help and good shape," said Freedman.

Bright orange T-shirts reading "Brentwood 90049 Coral Tree Endowment Fund" were sold on the sidewalk near the shopping center courtyard.

"I know there are various people that we call on to help sometimes," White said. "But these are such personal friends that I think it's up to neighbor to neighbor and all of us individually to help as much as we can."

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Sean McCarthy September 27, 2011 at 09:23 PM
My father attended Sunset Military Academy where the Brentwood Country Club now stands. Before the coral trees were planted the Pacific Electric Car had service down the middle of San Vicente Blvd. Its interesting how rapid transit gave way to a landscaped parkway.
Jared Morgan September 28, 2011 at 09:06 PM
I think mass transit gave way to car culture, which is causing some of the biggest problems in Brentwood today: Traffic and parking. I would love it there was more mass transit and less drivers on the road. I like my car, but sitting in it for an extra hour because of traffic is not my idea of fun.
pat cunningham September 29, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Where can I buy a "save the coral trees" T-shirt and tote bags?
Chris B September 29, 2011 at 01:54 AM
The Brentwood News mentioned 5 locations to purchase T-shirts and totes. They are: the Brentwood Country Mart, Vicente Foods, Whole Foods, the Coral Tree Cafe and Brentwood Gardens.
Jared Morgan September 29, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Thanks, Chris. I'm glad you were able to find that information on Brentwood News for Pat.
nancy freedman October 05, 2011 at 04:52 PM
www.info@brentwoodcommunitycouncil.org leave request

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