I have recently taken interest in the 20-year war between Occidental Petroleum and drilling foe activists in the Pacific Palisades.
At minimum, the issues involved are murky and complicated, but what does emerge rather simply from the controversy is Occidental's disregard for the concern of a substantial number of Los Angeles citizens.
As a great philanthropist and international do-gooder, Hammer is doing much now to earn the enmity of his own fellow residents in Los Angeles. If Hammer ever does win the Nobel Peace Prize, which he has publicly acknowledged he is seeking, I will personally go to the ceremony and picket against him so that the world can see the unyielding, selfish greed that drives Hammer in his obsession with oil drilling in the Palisades.
STEVEN C. CLEMONS