Decades ago, a large grove of tamarisk trees were planted between Tahquitz Creek Golf Course and the border of a historically black neighborhood, along with a chain link fence to segregate the two areas. This symbol of segregation has stood since the 1960’s but is now to be removed following an informal city meeting that saw officials promise residents that it would be. Mayor Robert Moon and council member J.R. Roberts apologized to the local residents for the prior actions of city officials in the segregation and ensured that it would not be an issue for the future.
The residents of the bordering neighborhood said “the invasive tamarisks, which block views of the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course and San Jacinto mountains, have artificially depressed property values and prevented black families from accumulating wealth in their property over the past half century.”
It’s good to see the right action is finally being taken, it’s just a wonder why it took so long. The video below explains the history of the trees in further detail.