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West Hollywood's Watchdog Retires

September 24, 2004

With the L.A. County medical trauma system in crisis, placing an article about James Fuhrman ("Ethics Watchdog Drops Chase in W. Hollywood," Sept. 21) on the front page and the story about King/Drew Medical Center back in the California section defies belief. Fuhrman's impact on this community has been minuscule by any standard, at best resulting in a reduction in meal expenses charged to the city by officials. This story belongs on the comics page; Fuhrman is a joke, not real news.

Stephen Wayland

West Hollywood

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West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo is quoted as saying, "City Hall employees buying liquor does look bad. But is it unreasonable to think someone's going to have a drink with dinner? Is $42 for a bottle of wine unreasonable?" A drink with dinner unreasonable? Probably not, especially here in West Hollywood. However, a $42 bottle of wine? That certainly is unreasonable when it is on the taxpayers' nickel, Mr. Arevalo!

Gary Baker

West Hollywood

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Fuhrman's exposure of the self-seeking West Hollywood City Council's excessive spending on restaurants and trips will be missed. Mayor John Duran's sour comment, "He poisons the political system," says it all.

Roslyn Krause

West Hollywood

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L.A. Businesses Lose a True Champion

Los Angeles business owners will lose one of their really great champions when City Clerk Mike Carey retires at the end of September.

I worked closely for many hours with Carey to set up three of the city's then brand-new Business Improvement Districts in the Northwest Valley back in 1998, and was continuously impressed with his absolute understanding of the daily problems faced by retail merchants all over the city. His office has now helped 30 BIDs get started; there are 15 more in the pipeline.

His can-do attitude to assist businesses was refreshing, to say the least, and his grasp of the problems faced by small retail businesses was crucial in tailoring each BID to fit the neighborhood it served.

Walter Prince

Northridge

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Trauma Unit Tarnished

Re "King/Drew's Trauma Unit Gets a Reprieve," Sept. 22: The hard work and good deeds of the trauma center staff at King/Drew Medical Center are applauded and appreciated. They have been unjustly tarnished in this quagmire of politics.

Robert A. Beltran MD

Los Alamitos

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