On the one hand, yeah it's cruel for cops to roust the unfortunate when they're trying to get some shut eye. On the other hand, Jesus Christ this is one of the wealthiest cities in the wealthiest country in the world. I don't think "Let's let them sleep on the street" is something we should be saying. Yeah they claim it's just for now, but the fact is that politicians only pay attention to problems when they're being pressured to solve them. They're not going to implement any long-term assistance for these people. One of the compelling things Rudy Giulianni said as mayor of New York is that when you see someone passed out in the street that is a sign that that person needs help, not a 'lifestyle choice' to be 'honored.' Rudy might not have dealt with it in a way that I would have, but at least he recognized that people sleeping in the street is a BAD THING.
(Incidentally this reminds me of another L.A. story, one about how hospitals were dumping uninsured patients IN THEIR HOSPITAL GOWNS on skid-row. Oh no, we don't need any sort of national health care system. Things are working just fine.)