Palm trees on the Hollywood Hills silhouetted against the dusk sky on March 01, 2016. (icardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
The last time anyone counted, there were 700,000 street trees in the city of Los Angeles. That was more than two decades ago.
Now, after four years of punishing drought, the city badly needs a fix on the condition of its urban forest.
But doing that the old way — by sending out tree counters with clipboards — would cost about $3 million, money that’s already committed elsewhere.