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‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas tree is history

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‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas tree is history

A tree trunk is all that remains of the evergreen tree at the entrance of the Manteca Civic Center.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED January 16, 2009 2:01 a.m.
Manteca’s Charlie Brown Christmas tree is no more.

City work crews Thursday cut down the squatty looking evergreen tree at the entrance to the Civic Center at 1001 W. Center St.

The tree — which was actually diseased on the top — was also threatening underground communication cable lines that are vital to the Manteca Police Department’s 911 system.

It has been used as Manteca’s official Christmas tree for decades.

City Manager Steve Pinkerton said the communication lines are going to be relocated so that there is no threat to their integrity. The trunk will be removed as well.

Plans call for a replacement evergreen tree to be put in place that would serve as the city’s Christmas Street during future holiday seasons.

Pinkerton noted that due to the falling prices of replacement trees — larger box trees are selling for as much as 70 percent less than last year due to the drop in commercial landscaping demand – makes it an opportune time to make the improvements.
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