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Ambassador Hotel

November 25, 2003

The L.A. school board should reject the wishes of the group RFK-12, which is clamoring for the Ambassador Hotel's demolition ("Group Opposes Bid to Preserve Ambassador Hotel," Nov. 21). Despite RFK-12's shameless invocation of Robert F. Kennedy, its members' desire for new schools is entirely justified. But the board's obligation should be to both provide new schools and respect the history of Los Angeles. Demolition is forever, and history is not so permanent as RFK-12 might like to think.

Today the Ambassador may be in disrepair, but so is the school system. It makes no more sense for the city to turn its back on one than on the other.

Josh Stephens

Los Angeles

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