Good intentions, bad plan

Dear Editor:It has been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and that is what has been done by Mayor Mario Guerra, Councilman Alex Saab, the Moravian church and the other organizations that are taking census of the homeless population. A more effective action would have been to contact Gateway Connections at (562) 373-5264 who get the homeless into temporary housing, refer them to services like healthcare, job centers and more, and find them permanent housing. While it may be politically correct to care for the homeless, it is quite another experience to suffer the actions of homeless people. My office building has seen the front door littered with cigarette butts, beer cans and all kinds of debris after a homeless person used the front of my office building to pass the night. The police can't do much about it other than tell these people they are trespassing and to leave. They don't feel that they can do much more or at least that is what I've been told. Furthermore, I find it hard to feel any empathy for people who defecate outside of my office's front door. Jorge Montero Downey

********** Published: February 14, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 44