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The Issue

Across the city, neglected palm trees are dumping dead palm fronds and messy orange berries onto streets and sidewalks.

Why It’s Happening

Faced with a budget crunch, the city has stopped regularly trimming city trees. Its tree maintenance budget has dropped from $2 million in 2007 to $1.1 million today, and it could drop further.

The Bigger Picture

As budget problems worsen, the city expects neglected trees to cause increasing damage to city sidewalks, power lines, and possibly raise the city’s liability for damage and personal injuries from falling fronds and branches.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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