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LETTERS: HELLMAN SCHOOL FOES ONLY CONCERNED WITH THEIR PROPERTY VALUES.

As a resident living two blocks from the proposed site of the new Calabasas middle school, I am more concerned about the overcrowding at A.E. Wright Middle School than the hypothetical traffic and safety problems proposed by the Concerned Citizens of Calabasas.

My children would walk to this school. I expect and demand that adequate precautions (crosswalk, crossing guard, overpass, whatever) be taken. If not, I'll make a stink about that. But I have to believe that the danger of crossing that intersection is far less than two daily 45-minute bus rides, without seat belts, on the freeway. The tail should not wag the dog here. This community desperately needs the school. The purported traffic and safety issues are solvable. How can the opponents know they are not?

The opponents to the Hellman site find it tempting to second-guess this choice because they do not want their views impeded, property values threatened, etc. (Does anyone from the other side of Calabasas oppose the site?) The Las Virgenes Unified School District is studying the issue thoroughly and is trying to arrive at a practical, expeditious solution. All they need is some demonstration of the community's belief that the necessary precautions will be implemented.

- Jenny Toder

Calabasas

Let's have fairness, civility in campaigns

As a longtime resident of Westlake Village and one familiar and accustomed to the prevailing atmosphere of civility, I deplore the recent deterioration of that atmosphere.

We are seeing vicious personal attacks and spurious accusations against our politicians. We also are hearing and reading totally unfounded rumors regarding their family members.

Our previous campaigns, while sometimes spirited, were never mean-spirited. Candidates, if qualified at all, should be capable of expressing their positions clearly without sinking to this level.

I cannot say how this all got started, but it would appear to come primarily from outside our own community. Regardless, it should stop, and stop now.

Let's have fairness, honesty and, most of all, a return to our previous civility.

- Louise Tramonto

Westlake Village

NIMBY homeowners' lawsuits imperil kids

I'm disappointed and saddened in this day and age, when education has been identified as a top priority in California and Calabasas is renowned for its excellent schools, to find a small group of not-in-my-backyard homeowners earnestly trying to kill a desperately needed new middle school. We need this school now, not later, as Larry Iser of Concerned Citizens for Calabasas quipped.

Their true motives for opposing the site are clear to all. Their threats to sue would not only negatively impact the quality of education for children in Calabasas but throughout the Las Virgenes Unified School District.

- Paul Villadolid

Calabasas

Delay building school hurts children further

I am a Las Virgenes Unified School District parent who is strongly in favor of building the new middle school on the Hellman site. The opposition has suggested that the site is neither safe nor environmentally sound. The reality is that these people simply do not want the middle school near their homes.

I believe that LVUSD officials have the children's best interests in mind and have chosen this site because it is the best. A.E. Wright Middle School is seriously overcrowded and any delay in the building of a new school will further hurt our children.

- Sara F. Greenberg

Bell Canyon
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:Aug 1, 1999
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