In October 2021, the Council followed Councilmember Krekorian’s lead and designated a grove of 15 oak trees on Magnolia Boulevard in Valley Village as a Historic-Cultural Monument. An arborist report noted that most of the trees are over 100 years old. The oldest, at 232 years of age, has been growing on this spot since 1789 — the same year George Washington became president, and just eight years after the pueblo of Los Angeles was founded by the 44 original Pobladores.
Neighborhood Council Valley Village has been fighting for this designation for years and played an essential role in achieving this successful outcome. “I am very proud of the five-year effort of our Neighborhood Council Valley Village Board and our committed stakeholders to obtain historic designation for these trees,” said NCVV president Tony Braswell.
In 2015, Councilmember Paul Krekorian led the Council to approve the designation of the famous Cantura Street sycamores in Studio City as a Historic-Cultural Monument. It was the first time that trees had been included on the City’s list.