The article titled "Bits of Building Sold Amid Protests in L.B." (Southeast/Long Beach sections, July 3) was a particularly flagrant example of what is wrong with Long Beach. That article ended with a quote from Doug Otto, chairman of the Long Beach Heritage Foundation, which read: "I certainly hope that the artifacts from our historic buildings will be kept in Long Beach as a reminder of our heritage--and not funneled out elsewhere."
That quote illustrates just how wrong-headed the thinking in Long Beach is. We should not be satisfied with scattering pieces from historic buildings around the city; we should be preserving the historic buildings themselves!
To use an example mentioned several times in the article, permission should never have been given for the Pacific Coast Club to be demolished. It is the responsibility of any city government to see that historic buildings are preserved. A building the size of the Pacific Coast Club could have served many purposes, but even if that were not the case, it was the responsibility of the city government to see that it was preserved.
The fact that the quote came from one of those protesting the loss of our heritage illustrates the degree to which that wrong-headed thinking has permeated Long Beach. The advocates of meat-ax urban renewal have succeeded not only in having their ideas implemented, but in defining the controversy surrounding their actions.