Letter: Wrong perspective

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After a pizza parlor loses its lease, there are banner headlines, local outrage and protests demanding City Hall tell commercial landlords who they can rent to. Meanwhile, a “news brief” buried on page three of The Times last week states that serious crime in Malibu has gone up a scary 24 percent in one year. 

There was no analysis about why this is happening, who was committing the crime or what was being done to address it. Instead a real “quality of life” issue was virtually ignored. What’s really pathetic is there would probably be greater community concern if there were a similar, alarming increase in crime against sea turtles or gophers. 

Austin Hardy