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Against Thousand Oaks Boulevard Extension

September 16, 1988

At what point do public servants decide to act in their own best interest, or the benefit of the people they are paid to serve? Los Angeles County Public Works Director Tidemanson apparently would rather run a kingdom than respond to the needs and desires of the citizens.

His plan to push Thousand Oaks Boulevard west of Las Virgenes Road in order to carry 30,000 vehicles daily seems like inevitable progress, unless you consider that 16,000 of those trips will be added by the developer who is being ordered to build the road. The county plan Tidemanson claims to be following calls for less than a couple hundred residential units and to "reserve the right of way" in this "significant ecological area." The developer has publicly claimed that he is asking for a 15-fold increase in buildings only to finance Tidemanson's multimillion-dollar road.

I hope the transportation computer study, which is about to start, is not going to be prejudiced into pushing for a road that will dead-end at the unwilling city of Agoura Hills and a National Park on one end and at the other, Hidden Hills, which incorporated in order to stop this throughway 27 years ago.

PHIL RAMUNO

Calabasas

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