Suspected vandals have severely damaged three or four ginkgo trees on Mission Street, and the South Pasadena Police Department is planning to step up patrols in the area in an effort to deter any further incidents of vandalism.
"I don't know who it was, but one gentleman came up to me and said, Has anyone reported to you about the trees on Mission?" Ness told Patch Monday. "I said, No, and he said, Someone whacked the trees."
According to South Pasadena Public Works officials Ness spoke to, one of the vandalized trees has been cut in half, one cut so low that it's been reduced to a stub, and one pushed over. All the damaged trees are near the Gold Line, Ness said, adding that none of the trees are big.
The total damage is estimated at $2,600, Ness said, quoting Public Works officials, who believe the damage occurred sometime between Friday and Sunday. The vandalism probably occurred at night, Ness said.
The Public Works department is planning to get the trees removed and replace them with new ones, Ness said.