Artist Harry Gamboa, Jr. said when he was a boy in East Los Angeles, all the streets were filled with beautiful trees, but in the 1960’s they were cut down to accommodate theÂ Los Angeles Policeâ€™s helicopterÂ surveillance program. Â Remnants of what the trees may have looked like still exist on Cesar E. Chavez boulevard, on a strip between Evergreen and Indiana, which by the way, is flanked by a jogging path and the oldest cemetery in Los Angeles (see the first picture above). Â These non-native Ficus Trees, a distant relative to Fig Trees, provide a great source of nutritional support to the wildlife in the area, cool fresh air during the hot summers and somewhat of a sound barrier from the traffic, to us residents. Â I have lived here for a few years now, and have noticed the diligent pruning of the trees on my corner, several times a year. Â On further investigation, it appears that the City of Los Angeles maintains the Ficus Trees on my corner excessively stubby year long,Â to give traffic visibility to a privately owned billboard situated between four trees (see the second picture above). Â When the whole nation is looking at ways to keep our country “green”, I wonder why the community of Boyle Heights has to relinquish nature to corporate commercialism.