- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials say a developer should lose its building permits after illegally chopping down protected trees.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/251Q1fd ) that Bureau of Street Services Director Nazario Sauceda said Monday that Sullivan Equity Partners deliberately removed two oaks and a western sycamore from property in Brentwood, an affluent L.A. neighborhood.

Sullivan’s managing partner Sam Shakib had permission from the city to remove trees while constructing two large mansions, but was supposed to preserve certain trees.

Sauceda says the protected trees were intentionally removed to make development easier. She says the developers shouldn’t be allowed to build on the site for five years.

Patrick Mitchell, Sullivan’s attorney, plans to appeal the decision. He called the punishment “utterly draconian” and says the developer is being treated more harshly than others in similar cases.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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