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Seniors get to keep smaller version of Christmas tree

On-site manager at Newhall senior apartment complex says tree can stay

Posted: December 6, 2012 5:22 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2012 5:22 p.m.

Residents of a senior apartment complex in Newhall who protested the removal of their Christmas tree were set to decorate a smaller version in its place Thursday.

“The Christmas tree is up,” an on-site manager at The Willows, who gave her name only as Selina, said Thursday. “It will stay up and the residents will be decorating it tonight.”

On Wednesday, an elaborately decorated Christmas tree set up in the community room at the complex was stripped of all its decorations in preparation for being tossed out, residents reported.

But news reports about the management order that the tree come down apparently prompted a change of heart.
A smaller tree was donated Thursday by a good Samaritan to replace the one removed, said resident Edna Johnson, who led the protest over the tree-removal order.

Before that tree could be decorated, yet another was presented by a man who drove to the complex on Valley Street near Lyons Avenue and brought in a larger tree in still in its box, she said.

The first donor’s tree was taken down and the larger one set up in its place, Johnson said. Though it wasn’t as large as the one removed, residents were set to decorate the replacement tree Thursday.

The complex’s management firm, JB Partners Group Inc., declined to comment on the Christmas tree protest Wednesday, when residents hung a sign on their tree that read “Please save our tree” and called in the media.

A call placed Thursday to an office of JB Partners Group Inc. went directly to voice mail, with a phone message informing callers the mailbox was full and could not receive messages.

JB Partners, with a mailing address in Tarzana, manages more than 30 “apartment communities” in California, two in Colorado and at least one in Oklahoma. The firm took over management of The Willows about four years ago.




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