Stab Santa Cruz, a blog that cropped up almost a decade ago in the wake of a number of violent crimes, is calling it quits.
Whether you call him a rabble rouser, vigilante, fear monger or community leader, Helbard Alkhassadeh got people talking with his site, which chronicled, well, stabbings in Santa Cruz. Despite the misleading moniker, the site did not advocate for stabbing the city itself. The site drew much attention — both positive and negative — around the time that Shannon Collins was killed. The site featured a Stab-o-Meter, among other things.
But now he’s calling it quits, and it turns out he’s left Santa Cruz for Monterey County.
In what’s dramatically called “The Final Post,” he writes:
“Dear Santa Cruz residents, this isn’t normal. You shouldn’t work so hard to be safe. Communities all over the country, the size of Santa Cruz, are not dealing with this level of crime and stress. Your local government is failing you. Ask any of the current city council members what their biggest accomplishment has been. You won’t be impressed. The new batch of candidates running for office don’t seem any better.
Some locals have reached out to the Guardian Angels to create a patrol in Santa Cruz. It won’t help. The crime will continue because the environment is ripe for criminal activity.
The amount of calls for service handled by Santa Cruz County law enforcement is astonishing, over 200,000 per year. The cost of transient crime and the revolving court system doors will keep growing. Criminals from other cities recognize this, they come into Santa Cruz and take advantage of the mess. It’s easy to do.
Solutions so far have been unrealistic. Rezoning the Ocean St. corridor to allow large apartment complexes and hotels will suffocate the main artery into Santa Cruz and create low income/high crime neighborhoods. The needle exchange program does not work. Needles are everywhere in Santa Cruz. Nothing has been done to slow the number of transients and illegal camping sites.
I’ve heard many ideas to reduce the rate of crime and high cost of living in Santa Cruz. I don’t believe any of it will work. I’m not here to suggest solutions, I truly believe the city’s culture and philosophy is dangerous and destructive and will prevent any true solutions from being successful. Santa Cruz continues to pretend to be something it’s not.”