I don't feel the pines block my view. Instead, I see them as part of the view. However, when I scanned the horizon, I did notice that I have a good line of sight to the bridge leading to Long Beach.
The view toward the mountains was still obscured, not by trees, but by smog. I could just barely see the cap of snow on the mountains. With the haze, the mountains themselves aren't even visible in this picture. (You'll have to trust me - they're there.)
Nonetheless, Angel's Gate, the entrance to the harbor, is visible from the right side of the yard, even with the smog, and that's a comfort.