One million trees should provide alot of "COOL SHADY". The One Million Tree Initiative was to be an endeavor that was meant to be a "GOOD SHADY" for all. Yet after the probing article by David Zahniser in yesterday's "TREE PULP ON SPRING STREET". The "NEW SHADY" is a bunch of "HOT AIR".
It is not a stretch to say that we will never see one million trees planted and surviving. Better yet, one million trees will never be planted. Fact is that the Million Trees Initiative relys too much on saplings given to people at events around the city. These saplings have to be planted promptly, and require a high level of care.
On the money side, the $70 million dollars that was hoped to be raised, is nowhere near the goal. Organizers and their partners have repeatedly retool the outreach and goals of the Million Tree Initiative. While on numbers, the goal of planting 300,000 trees on our parkland's, sits at 4,000. Long way to go indeed.
Zahniser makes a great analogy by comparing the Million Tree Initiative to the failed LAUSD take over. Where the Mayor gets to be a "PARTNER" at some schools. We will get a little "SHADY" but more "HOT AIR OF RHETORIC". Thus enabling the Mayor to blaze "CARBON CONTRAILS" across the skies, proclaiming his One Million Trees Initiative, a "SYMBOLIC SUCCESS", But a substanced failure.
A million L.A. trees: Will they take root? - Los Angeles Times