Vandals destroy 30 trees at Cuesta College
April 19, 2012
As a result of the vandalism, the campus is planning to install security cameras and replace the stolen greenery with liquidamber trees, said Sandee McLaughlin, the campus’ executive dean.
Between April 11 and April 12, vandals uprooted 27 trees planted along Dallons Drive and tossed the trees into the street. On Monday, April 16, campus officials returned from the weekend to find that three more trees had been similarly destroyed.
“This was a disheartening and costly discovery,” said McLaughlin, who has guided the campus since its opening in 1998. “The North County Campus was built through community support and is a tremendously valuable resource, serving over 3,000 local students each semester.
“Our students and staff have great pride in this site. My hope now is that we can help one another. I am asking residents to keep an eye out and alert me if they see any suspicious activity on campus.”
The trees were about 8 to 10-feet in height. Some had been planted over a decade ago by the city of Paso Robles and later turned over to the college.