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LETTERS : SCHOOL BOARD SHOULD LISTEN TO COMMUNITY.

When individual schools put forth a viable proposal to enhance the educational experiences for students, boards of education should offer a receptive ear. The Meadows School Site Council recently proposed a reconfiguration to a K-5 school, effective with the 1998-99 school year. This structural change will enable the school to eliminate their one fifth- and sixth-grade combination class and reduce class size in kindergarten to 20 students.

A parent survey sent to all the Meadows parents revealed that 85 percent were in favor of the K-5 proposal. Four board members have voiced their support for the reconfiguration. Sadly, one board member, Elaine McKearn, has stated publicly that she is opposed to making Meadows a K-5 school. When the collective voice of a school has spoken, board members should listen.

- Tim Stephens

Westlake Village

Zeanah, Parks vote against Discovery

I watched the entire hearing for the Discovery Center that is being proposed for the land next to the Civic Arts Plaza. I was sad to see Councilwomen Elois Zeanah and Linda Parks let their politics get in the way of something that would be so terrific for our kids and community.

The Discovery Center people spent many months working in this project, and Zeanah and Parks shot it down because the other council members support it. This is two blows to our educational process from these women in less than a month; the first being their confusing of the issues related to the school bond. Their priorities are destructively out of whack, as always.

- Barbara Harrell

Westlake Village

We can't afford any more `acts of God'

The sewage spill has been declared an ``act of God'' by our city staff. They have stated that El Nino washed away great volumes of earth that protected sewer pipes below ground level. These sewer lines became directly exposed to the tremendous forces created by the recent storms. The sewer lines failed under those conditions. They would have failed, most likely, if they had been new lines.

If Councilwoman Elois Zeanah is responsible for this ``act of God,'' how come she hasn't been elevated to a higher level on the council?

I offer a counter-theory for your review: For more than two years, the majority on the City Council failed to vote for a more affordable sewer plant and line renovation. They insisted on spending an extravagant $75 million instead of the $45 million that Zeanah and Linda Parks supported. The majority, it appears, had little restraint when it came to taxpayers' money. For two years the majority on the council hindered the renovation. Was it their delay that caused the sewer lines to break? Should we blame them for the sewer lines' failure?

Members of the majority, Andy Fox, Judy Lazar and Mike Markey, feel free to relax - I happen to believe the city's engineer, Don Nelson.

As taxpayers, we all need to believe Public Works Director Don Nelson. An ``act of God'' determination would save us from further taxation that could be imposed by penalties for any council members' culpabilities. This action may occur should any member of the council be held accountable for the break in our sewer lines. Further taxation would include attorneys' fees as well.

We better pray and hope that members of the majority won't be judged responsible for the sewer line break by their refusal to opt for a less expensive sewer plane and line renovation. My taxes are high enough. How about yours?

- Sal Terrusa

Thousand Oaks

Politicians forget benefit of beauty

I used to drive down Lindero Canyon Road to Thousand Oaks Boulevard and see the beautiful trees and mountains all around me. Now, I see the framework of the future Taco Bell and the future Wendy's blocking my view. At least Costco was built lower and farther away from the street.

Have all the politicians that we elected forgotten whey we all moved here to beautiful Westlake Village? Do they only have dollar signs in front of their eyes? It seems like open space means nothing to them anymore, other than how much revenue this open space can bring Westlake Village after it is developed. Before you know it, Westlake Village will become Westlake Valley. I thought open space meant ``leaving the land in its natural state, untouched and undeveloped?''

- Ann Lalo

Westlake Village
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