We’ve been writing about the continuing story of the Vine Street tree vandal since October of last year. The Sunset-Vine BID has been announcing the imminent arrest of the criminal for at least that long. In fact, we could have sworn that they mentioned it again at last month’s Joint Security Committee meeting although we’ll be damned if we can find it in there now. We’ve also noted that this criminal does in fact seem to be targeting the BID’s trees, although as Kurt Cobain might have said but didn’t, just because you have enemies doesn’t mean you’re not paranoid.
As you can see to your left, though, the tree vandal is still at large and working despite the dogged efforts of Keystone Kop-wannabes Andrews International Security, the Hollywood Neighborhood Prosecutor, the LAPD, and everyone else. Perhaps there’s more than one tree vandal, and though they arrest particular instances, new vandals rise up hydra-like after the manner of peasant rebellion leaders everywhere.
In any case, someone’s still out there ripping up those jacarandas. While, as a matter of editorial and ethical policy we do not condone tree vandals and, despite our natural-born bleeding-heart tendencies, we do support legal sanctions against them, we still have to wonder at the absolute blindness of the HPOA, who doesn’t seem even to be considering the contingency that what they’re seeing here are the opening maneuvers in a full-blown peasant uprising. One does, after all, recall what the man said: “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.”1
- Job 4:8.
Two images of the Vine Street Tree Vandal’s dastardly deeds are ©2015 MichaelKohlhaas.org. Image of General Ned Ludd is public domain and came to us via Wikimedia.