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VICA Likes Ahmanson (Re: “Babbitt Is Controversial Choice for Ahmanson Role,” June 25) When it comes to the Ahmanson Ranch, former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is certainly in the right place at the right time. Respected by environmentalists and business leaders alike, Babbitt is the right mediator to get this project moving. He’s a strong listener and promotes consideration of the facts, not hyperbole. Based on the facts and public policy considerations, the Valley Industry & Commerce Association supports Ahmanson Ranch. Opponents decry the project as destroying plants and wildlife. Yet, consider the facts. As a result of this project, 10,000 acres of open space will be preserved for generations to come. And the spineflower and red-legged frogs found on the property will be preserved and nurtured. Although plants and animals are very important, so are people. We’re in the middle of a housing crisis, both of affordable stock and available properties, and this forces longer commutes. The Ahmanson Ranch gets at both these issues by providing more than 3,000 homes in a smart-growth environment, near major employment centers. So go to it, Mr. Babbitt. Not everyone will be convinced, but a lot of people will get it right. Cathy Maguire Chairman of the Board VICA

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