In a recent op-ed published in the Scottsdale Republic and reposted here on ScottsdaleTrails, light rail foe and Scottsdale business owner Mike Fernandez called light rail a “crime delivery system.”
Light rail cheerleader Jim Derouin responded with his own op-ed which mirrored the Republic in calling Fernandez paranoid. Jim essentially repeated this position when he and I were interviewed by KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein last week, and he said “…the crime issue is a phony issue.”
Not only did a recent letter to the editor bear out Fernandez’s “paranoia,” an astute ScottsdaleTrails reader pointed out to me this morning a link on the Drudge Report to an LA Times story about a group of criminals in LA using mass transit to commute to the scene of their crimes:
A band of robbers that tore through Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday night appear to be some of the same youths who were attacking people and vandalizing stores in the Crenshaw district earlier this week where demonstrators were protesting the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict, police said.
The thieves moved fast and swarmed their victims, mirroring the activity seen in Crenshaw the previous evening.
“I think this specific group came up to riot and cause problems in Hollywood,” LAPD Sgt. John Barkley said. “They were not engaging in any kind of protest.”
Of the dozen people arrested in the indiscriminate crime spree, most of the suspects came from South L.A. or Compton and used the subway to get there, he said.