The article by David Ferrell concerning the historical landmark designation of the Highland-Camrose Bungalow Village (Times, April 28) left me with the impression that the City Council's vote was solely a political favor to Peggy Stevenson. I'd like to clear up a few points.
First of all, the nomination was supported by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission; Christy Johnson McAvoy of Hollywood Heritage Inc.; Stephanos Polizoides, professor of architecture at USC; David Gebhard, professor of architectural history (at the) University of California, Santa Barbara, and Sam Kaplan, the Los Angeles Times architectural critic, the Society of Architectural Historians of Southern California and others. This is all common knowledge to anyone interested in a complete story.
Mr. Ferrell told me that he had a same-day deadline and no time to get more facts so he wrote what he heard at the council hearing. If so, why didn't he mention Joel Wachs' magnificent statement to the council not to undercut the authority of the Cultural Heritage Commission. The members were appointed, he said, because of their expertise in these matters and this nomination shouldn't be a political football.
Mr. Ferrell also failed to mention Mr. Bernard Judge of the Cultural Heritage Commission, who gave the reasons for their positive support.