I am a member of the Zaferia Neighborhood Assn. responding to an April 28 article in The Times.
1. In sharp contrast to earlier Times articles about us, this one lumps my association with others who represent "affluent" parts of Long Beach and are "influential." Have you seen the bulk of our neighborhood? (I would describe it as poor but clean.) Are you aware of the crime level? (I personally have been robbed three times in the last year.) Quite frankly, if I were "affluent" and "influential" I would move.
2. Long Beach Planning Commissioner Nancy Lattimer bemoans the fact that "it has been difficult to find where high-density will fit in the city." Oh really? Maybe that is because cramming too many people into too small a space is such a bad idea to begin with.
3. Commissioner Tony Tortorice implies prejudice by stating that neighborhood preservation means people saying "don't bring anybody in here that doesn't look like me." In point of fact, most of my neighbors are black, Asian and Hispanic. In addition, not one of them resembles me personally.