Didn't Gov. George Deukmejian learn anything from the past disaster that struck his native state of New York?
Occidental Petroleum's malfeasance in New York's Love Canal caused toxic chemicals to leach into residential neighborhoods, wreaking havoc on families' homes.
Now Deukmejian is inviting a repeat performance in Monterey Park by waiving aside environmental protective measures.
The tale of these two cities are akin, grounded in the fact that both government entities had prior knowledge that hazardous chemicals could fly in the face of future developers.
Similarly, Deukmejian, with his Cyclops dollar-sign vision, sees only monetary benefits to be gained from taking risks with the public's health and safety.