OIL: Peanuts Under the Patio

Oil fever had Los Angeles in a sweat. To the joy of some and the rage of many, the city council last week voted to allow drilling in some residential areas. With Mayor Norris Poulson's approval yet to come, the council backed dezoning of the city-owned Rancho golf course and the private Hillcrest Country Club near Beverly Hills. Thundered the Los Angeles Examiner, decrying the eagerness of adjacent citizens to lease their lawns and barbecue pits: "Is spoliation of these homes to be forced upon the owners for peanuts per lot in...

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