Update: Note that my redacted post has been returned to the comments @ Santa Cruz IndyBay. The provoking comment however has not re-appeared. I do not recall that it was trolling in any significant way. If it WAS the commenter left themselves wide open for a rational response and I still feel my work was left without context.
The so-called “Moderators” at IndyBay Santa Cruz constrain the ability of commenters who respond to those legitimate if ‘loaded’ questions when they remove the provoking comment.
I’d like the moderator at Santa Cruz IndyBay to write one coherent sentence explaining their reason for causing me to waste my time, but they never respond, except by removing the request for response. I suspect they’re either illiterate, or ignorant.
The post I was responding to WASN’T troll bait.
It WASN’T Off-topic.
There IS a reasonable response that WOULD educate the community.
So what WAS the problem with the post I was responding to?
It wasn’t on their agenda.
I wrote, in response to the “rather pointed but NOT OFF-TOPIC or rude comment” questioning why Santa Cruz California has an allegedly “soaring” “Property Crime” rate:
Because property crime IS ALWAYS HIGHER in areas where the AFFLUENCE IS HIGHER.
Want to fix that? Get the jackasses called county supervisors and city council(ors) crackin’ on PLANNING for a NORMAL COMMUNITY with a broad spectrum of incomes, housing and jobs affordable to the people who actually live here… ESPECIALLY the kids.
After all, they’re the ones who commit most of the property crimes that spike the charts, like shoplifting, burglary and theft.
Further, on that “Housing Thing”, the latest housing development downtown, “Walnut Commons” has been advertised as ‘co-housing’ for middle class families… You know. Central kitchen and all that folksy communal type stuff delayed-gratification yuppies like to talk about but never actually live.
What middle class family with kids would actually live in that situation?
The project is based on a LIE like all other housing developments purported to be for local people around here (The old ice plant… the slum behind the town clock etc), it gets turned into transient office worker or college student housing because all the workers here couch surf or live with eight other people to make the rent and still have money for food and transportation.
However it will be VERY attractive to people from out of state on contract to Deloitte Touche or somesuch who will rent the CruzIo cubies and have (I can see the ad in the back of the NY Times Sunday magazine now) ‘housing footsteps away from where you work just minutes from Sea and Trees’.
How about a deal like THAT for New Leaf’s baggers, CVS shelf stockers, and other SERIOUSLY UNDERPAID in relation to cost-of-living local workers?
But Nooooo. So you end up with a gentrified affluent ‘community’ with an allegedly soaring property crime rate, and the truth of the matter is the property crime rate has always been astronomical around here but until quite recently there weren’t freakzoids like TBSC reporting every rock kicked on their lawn, nor 1st Alarm guards who are a generators of mostly marginal-from-a-legal-perspective or bogus reports that, in the process, ensure their continued $15.00 an hour employment.
It simply make the problem worse draining $80,000 dollars a year from the city treasury for EACH PATROL (and aside from multiple ‘guards’ downtown, EVERY PARK IN SANTA CRUZ has a ‘watchman’ now) while everyone else suffers from that diversion of funds that could be put to much better uses as housing and job development funding.
So stop whining and enjoy your police state. I’m SURE that’s the option you chose so STFU.
References: Western Criminology Review 7(3), 7–26 (2006): The Distribution of Property Crime and Police Arrest Rates across Los Angeles Neighborhoods http://wcr.sonoma.edu/v07n3/07.davis/davis.pdf