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L.A. Officials Go on a Junket to Israel

November 16, 2003

Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, Councilman Jack Weiss, City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and two other city officials are on a 10-day trip to Israel ("Officials' Absences Raise Questions," Nov. 12) to promote tourism and learn about prevention of terrorism? How many additional tourists can we expect from a small nation like Israel? Does the number really warrant the attention of five high-ranking city officials?

And I'm all for preventing terrorism, but frankly, I fail to see what three local politicians can add that the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, etc., aren't already doing. Frankly, at this point, Los Angeles seems to have more pressing problems that fall well within the council's jurisdiction. Let's call this trip what it is -- an all-expenses-paid vacation.

Margaret Manning

Los Angeles

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