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October 10, 2008

Re "Back to the drawing board for Maywood campus," Oct. 6

Your article on the proposed high school in Maywood did not include any comments from Maywood city officials or Los Angeles Unified school board member Yolie Flores Aguilar, who was instrumental in stopping the building of the school next to the Pemaco Superfund site.

When we were approached by the district about the building of the new high school, we told them that this site was highly contaminated because it was next to a Superfund site and 500 feet from the 710 Freeway. Instead of listening, they went ahead and spent $5 million, and now they know what we had told them: The groundwater is contaminated.

We hope the LAUSD now will work with a community-driven process to build a new high school to relieve the overcrowding at Bell.

Felipe Aguirre

Maywood

The writer is mayor of Maywood.

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