As a resident of Long Beach for 37 years, I was not surprised at the coldness with which the homeless were ousted from their poor quarters under the (Long Beach) 710 Freeway (Times, April 4).
However, I was genuinely taken by the sheer fatuousness shown by Long Beach's homeless-services coordinator, Sheila Pagnani, in her remarks rationalizing the act.
When she refers to herding out the homeless, she says the city is "cleaning house" before the arrival of "invited friends," because "they want to look good." It sounds like some Valley housewife sending her inconvenient mother away before a party.
She says that the people forced to live under the bridge are "a small group choosing (!) to live an (alternative) lifestyle." I find it frankly difficult to control my stomach in the face of such a statement. However, more temperate remarks are appropriate here.