Aug 27, 2012
Fillmore, a Southern California city near Los Angeles, has uprooted stately palm trees which once lined downtown sidewalks because the palms looked too "California."
The Fillmore Chamber of Commerce and the Fillmore Film Commission partnered with the city to get rid of the world-famous symbols of Southern California.
Were the downtown Fillmore palm trees removed because they were unsightly, offensive or unkempt? No. The City of Fillmore has removed its botanical clothing for cash.
Desperate for money, the city ripped palm trees out of the ground to attract Hollywood movie location scouts who pay big bucks for city filming permits.
Movie studios have used Fillmore many times before to film motion pictures set in the past, due to the city's old architecture, quaint shops and classic trains.
The problem has been that film production companies kept having to edit out the palm trees when their movie stories were fictionally set in other states or countries.
The palms may have looked like a California dream to locals and tourists, but they were a California nightmare to Hollywood production companies.
The Fillmore Film Commission's revenue from filming permits had dropped 87 percent because of the palm trees, so thousands of dollars were spent to get rid of them.
The municipal government plans to utilize its increased revenue to pay for police and fire department overtime costs.
Now that Fillmore, California removed its palm trees, residents will be living on a perpetual movie set. Botox for all.