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Letters: Failing an elderly homeowner

April 30, 2013

Re "Woman, 78, could lose home," April 27

Your article about the Highland Park woman whose home will be auctioned off because the county claims she is delinquent on her property taxes should bring outrage to residents of Los Angeles County.

Whether Marianne Blend's taxes were paid is immaterial. What is material is that some civil servants didn't do their job and, worse, they didn't do what was right: They pushed their papers, arranged for an auction, sent people to put up a sign but did nothing to look out for the welfare of the 78-year-old woman who has lived in the house for decades.

These people are civil servants. We do not pay them merely to conduct business as usual.

Karl F. Schmid

Los Angeles

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