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City Ups Reward in Trees’ Killing

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter

The reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person who killed 18 city-owned tulip trees has been increased, a city official said Monday.

Mario Giuliani of the Office of the Director of Parks and Community Services Department, said the reward has been upped from $500 to $750 with donations from Mayor Elizabeth Patterson and others.

City employees and members of Benicia High School Interact Club planted a total of 20 trees in Southampton Park, including one that maintained Benicia’s certification as a Tree City USA.

That tree was among the 18 destroyed March 13 when someone lopped the trees off near their bases. “It was deliberate,” Giuliani said. “It wasn’t some random act.”

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