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Beverly Hills News – Beverly Hills City Hall Makes Toxic Mistake

The view from Santa Monica Boulevard of Parcels 12 and 13 on Civic Center Drive before and after trees were cut down last week, unsettling arsenic-contaminated earth.

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.

For full story see the print edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, or download the e-edition.

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