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ANITA PENNER, Capistrano Beach
Regarding the article about the longtime residents at Vista Del Mar Apartments who are being evicted to make room for homeless people, I was so astonished that I sat down to write my first-ever letter to an editor. Let us consider the current residents who have worked hard to supply shelter for themselves and their families, including perhaps extended members such as aging or sick parents and grandparents. It’s hard work and sometimes requires them to clench their teeth in order to succeed at jobs that keep their families off the street. When we see these hard-working people, we feel compassion. They should be supported in their struggle. In my opinion, it is a waste of energy to support those, like the homeless, who live only for themselves and forget about others. You can be sure this so-called charitable act for the homeless will enrich a select few at the cost of making life difficult for the many who are being evicted. I hope that an in-depth investigation into the “real” purpose of buying up those apartments is conducted by the city’s legal department. Residents of San Clemente should insist on it.