Writers of the letter saying Los Angeles should be ashamed of its care of the homeless (July 9) show their concern but missed something special about California.
We were living in Mexico City during the earthquakes of 1985. Two days after the first one, a group from Operation California and Operation Texas arrived to see what was most needed by way of relief. They came to find the actual needs in order not to send duplications and also to learn what might be superfluous.
Both operations are primarily medical aid, volunteer organizations. Not only did they send medical help, they have followed up on their assistance to a stricken country, and a lot of the money to do this was supplied by caring Californians.
A year after the quakes, Operation California put on a star-studded Christmas show and presented gifts for homeless and deprived children.