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|(November 5, 2016, 6:05 p.m.) -- There was gunfire along busy Anaheim St. just west of Atlatic Ave. (1st Council district) on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 5.) LBPD found evidence of a shooting (shell casings) but found no persons hit.
LBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Brad Johnson sats that about about 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a shots call in the area, found bullet casings but no victims visible.
Today's (Nov. 5) gunfire follows a fatal shooting just east of Atlantic Ave. and about four blocks south (9th/Lime) on November 1...and that crime scene is roughly half a mile east of where a mother and her daughter were shot to death in August at 9th St./Locust Ave..
With today's Nov. 5 midday gunfire, LB's 1st Council district (represented by Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez since mid-July 2014) has had seven shootings (one of which was on the border of the 6th district) since August 5 in which four shooting victims died, in addition to two fatal stabbings.
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In late August 2016, 1st Council district Councilwoman Gonzalez tried to cover our camera lens when we asked if she favored budgeting more police officers for taxpayers than Mayor Robert Garcia had proposed. As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, Councilwoman Gonzalez has just wrapped up a trip to China (along with Vice Mayor/9th dist. Councilman Rex Richardson, a visit organized by the So. Cal. Ass'n of Governments (which operates using dues paid by various regional government entities, including the City of Long Beach.)
In September 2016, LB Councilmembers adopted a FY17 budget recommended by Mayor Garcia that -- despite June 2016 LB voter approval of a sales tax increase to 10% -- failed to restore LBPD's former field anti-gang unit (20 officers + 2 sergeants.) The Council's Sept. 2016 budget vote restored 10 officers (Garcia recommended 8; the Council added 2 more for homeless issues) out of roughly 200 officers that Long Beach residents no longer receive as a result of Council budget actions since FY10.
The Council's September 2016 budget vote leaves LB taxpayers with a budgeted police level for citywide deployment roughly equivalent per capita to what Los Angeles would have if L.A. Mayor Garcetti and the L.A. City Council cut roughly 30% of LAPD's officers.
Most of the shootings we reported below were either confirmed as or investgated as possibly gang related by LBPD.
Long Beach currently budgets roughly 200 fewer officers deployable citywide for its taxpayers than the City provided in FY10 as a result of Council-voted LBPD budget reductions that left the city with roughly 20% fewer officers than it had in 2009. Long Beach currently provides a budgeted sworn officer level for citywide deployment roughly equivalent per capita to what Los Angeles would have if it cut about 30% of LAPD's officers.
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