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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Stupid Enviro Busted for Fighting Stupid Law

Tree nativists v. tree fascists on the left coast.
To prosecutors, Robert "Roy" van de Hoek is a vandal with pruning shears. To supporters of native California shrubs and trees, he's a martyr.

Once again, he's in court.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office says the former park supervisor cut down non-native plants in one of the largest coastal wetlands in Southern California, killing a ficus tree and myoporum shrubs.

He is facing six misdemeanor charges that include injuring vegetation without permission. Each count could bring jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.

"Trimming and landscaping isn't done without authorization from government agencies," said Frank Mateljan of the city attorney's office.
Mateljan's comment is best read aloud, and in an authoritative German accent.