A Woman's Right to Change Her Mind: Stanton Stands Up Lake Worth Neighbors
|Stanton: A "Rules" Girl?|
They finally pinned her down and set a date for yesterday afternoon.
The association is fed up with crime, dilapidated buildings that lack oversight from code enforcement, public drunkenness, houses of prostitution, and the common practice of gangs "rolling" Guatemalan immigrants to steal their cash. But Stanton executed a classic female defense maneuver when she didn't show up for the date. Maybe Stanton's a Rules girl; she knows it's best to keep your suitors guessing.
And not to stereotype city staff or anything, but we've found they're rarely where they oughta be.
"Actually, it turned out OK, she emailed as soon as she got our email and was very apologetic," explains neighborhood activist Joseph Furner. After Stanton failed to show, Furner's anguished, outraged email to Stanton appeared on local blogger Lynn Anderson's website. Stanton had been in a meeting that ran late.
|Hey, depends on your definition of "blight"!|
Furner cites crowded housing conditions for illegal immigrants as one of the neighborhood's main concerns. "I've lived in Colombia, I've lived in Mexico, and my spouse is Colombian, so I understand the issues for immigrants," he says. "We basically keep them as modern-day slaves here. The indigenous people of Central America are predisposed to alcoholism. They come over here, they get depressed, they get involved in criminal activity. And there are no resources to help them assimilate. You walk over by the shuffleboard courts and see all these addicts. Is this really the better life they thought they were coming here for? They listen to their Norteno music, and it's all about working hard all week and then getting drunk and having sex with their women on the weekends. They're living out these songs."
Furner gave us an earful on topics ranging from slum landlords to code enforcement to the disparity in ticketing bicycle riders in the east and west neighborhoods. But we wanted to let him save his energy for Stanton. He says she's rescheduled their walk for next Friday.