Sam Hall Kaplan misses the mark in "Save City West Plan From Deal Makers" (Aug. 20) when he says that the "first and highest obligation should be to the residents who now live there" and their alleged need for housing and schools.
The highest and best use of this area is for development of the downtown Los Angeles business district, which serves the needs of all 15 million Southern California residents, not a handful of what are probably largely illegal aliens who could live in any of a number of other places.
If it is necessary to pay these people to move, fine. But to suggest that they have some kind of veto power over the development of the central core for the entire region is ridiculous.
RICHARD P. SYBERT