|Getting up close to the pinkish foliage|
It's possible that this old tree was declared "badly out of balance", and then the buzz saws set to work.
Here's the regulation http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/mtce.htm#Tree%20Removal%20Policy
However, it also appears that this beloved tree, which measured more than five feet around in circumferance, should have been protected as "significant" - with a status similar to a "heritage tree" in the City of Santa Cruz. (http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/santacruzcounty/html/santacruzcounty16/SantaCruzCounty1634.html#16.34.030. What's more, it was a "locally unique" species in a scenic area adjacent to a state park. See the regulation. http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/santacruzcounty/html/SantaCruzCounty16/SantaCruzCounty1632.html#16.32/
|Heading beachward, even the garbage trucks could fit underneath this fine old tree!|
|view from the other side; now all we see is a hideous tangle of wires|