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Escondido Tree Fight: Trees come down

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ESCONDIDO (CBS 8) - A group of Escondido residents are pushing back against the city as a number of beloved trees were torn down Tuesday.

The City of Escondido has already cut down 23 trees, with more than a dozen others slated for removal in the future.

Escondido resident Tom Pearl lost two trees and could do nothing about the situation because the trees were raising the sidewalk.

"I felt powerless. They could have trimmed the roots in each way of the sidewalk," said Pearl.

The trees once provided shade to his home. "The temperature inside my house has increased about ten to 12 degrees-per-day which I can handle, but I am using extra resourced to try to cool it," he said.

The City of Escondido, however, did plant new trees.

"Our goal is to maintain as many healthy trees as we can. Our goal is also to remove those threes that are a public safety risk," said Julie Procopio, assistant director of public works.

The city met with residents going tree to tree and evaluating each of the remaining 16 of 39 trees in jeopardy. 

One Escondido resident said, "we understand that a lot of these trees are coming down not because they are unhealthy but because of the sidewalk issues." 

Residents said the trees provide not only beauty, shade and health benefits, but also the economic asset to the community - with increased property values and increased revenues from the historic Mother's Day Homes Tour. 

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