Thursday's training meeting of the North Shore Community Patrol went off well - (huge sigh of relief). I continue to try to help integrate social service agencies into the effort, in my small way.
Had a longish telephone conversation with the City Crime Prevention Officer yesterday. I felt, and he would hopefully agree, that he has a very hard line view o f all this. He said that he has little sympathy for "bad people" - a group in which he includes prostitutes, as well as drug dealers and thieves. He said that his goal is still to move prostitutes out of the North Shore. But, I and a lot of other people, ask a simple question - "where".
I am beginning to think prostitution needs to be legalized and regulated and brought out of association with a whole range of much more serious criminal activity. The other question I have - would anybody really choose prostitution, if they had other choices? Interesting and important wheels turning in the old brain here.