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)
of The Week magazine.