May 11, 1997 |
When officials in this wealthy enclave decided to clear out a makeshift village of immigrant families about a mile from City Hall, their reasoning was simple: People should not have to live this way. People should not have to live in slums where garages and toolsheds serve as bedrooms. People should not live without plumbing, alongside rats and flies and flimsy electrical wires that threaten lives. Not in Thousand Oaks. Not anywhere.