Beverly Hills News – Beverly Hills City Hall Makes Toxic Mistake
Posted Wednesday, November 25 – 5:30 PM
City Manager Mahdi Aluzri apologizes for missteps after illegal tree removal from arsenic-laden dirt
By Victoria Talbot
Last weekend, during the extreme Santa Ana winds, residents near 9315 Civic Center Dr. awakened to the sounds of heavy machinery and saws hacking down about 50 assorted trees located on parcels 12 & 13, the vacant lots on the southeast end of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The site, a former railroad right of way, is known to be contaminated with high levels of arsenic in the soil. Any work should havebeen supervised by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC).
Deputy City Manager David Lightner ignored this when issueing a right-of-way permit for trucks and equipment to remove trees Saturday and Sunday by an ordinary contractor who removed the trees without mitigations in effect to protect the workers and the public from the risk of contamination.
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