A good part of the residential development in Los Angeles and Orange counties is on land at high risk for wildfires, on or near brush-covered hillsides that ring the metropolitan areas. Safety advocates say that allowing such building amounts to taxpayer-subsidized foolishness. But residents shrug. “That’s what you get with the view,” said Plum Canyon resident Melanie Altieri. “Fires.” (Los Angeles Times, free registration required)
The Bottom Line
November 12, 2007
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