As Petaluma volunteers began gathering early Tuesday to clean up a mess of downed trees and broken pots left by vandals, a city crew arrived.
"We don't have to lift a finger. The city has kindly stepped in and are going to take care of it right now," said Alan Allen, a Petaluma resident who organized the volunteer effort.
"All of our squawking and pulling together volunteers got the attention of the city," said Virginia May, director of the Petaluma Arts Center. "Which is great."
The vandal or vandals struck early Saturday, knocking down nine young trees in large pots.
The Lakeville Street trees had been lined up in front of the Petaluma Arts Center and the Petaluma Visitor's Center.