Many of the 50 eucalyptus trees lining a Corona del Mar street may soon be removed if the City Council waives its standard tree removal procedure Tuesday.
Prompted by the recent collapse of two large eucalyptus — including one that killed a motorist — the move would hasten the city's plans for roughly 300 trees throughout the city.
City officials have been scrambling since Sept. 14, when a blue gum eucalyptus toppled at the Newport-Costa Mesa border and killed 29-year-old Haeyoon Miller as she waited in her car at a stoplight. Arborists had been inspecting trees on city property, including some in Corona del Mar, when another fell during Wednesday's rainstorm. The street where it fell, Fourth Avenue, is lined with 50 gangly eucalyptus globulus, the blue gum variety.