Doug Krikorian / Viewpoint

Frankly, I'm Surprised Long Beach Chief Of Police Robert Luna Didn't Think A Contingent Of Extraterrestrials From Another Galaxy Was Responsible For The LB Crime Wave

Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired.

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(March 22, 2021) -- Not a day passes now in Long Beach without a shooting, or a murder, or some sort of vile criminal activity transpiring, which, alas, long has been endemic to a sprawling metropolitan city with a population that exceeds a half million.

The only difference these days in the great LB is that such phenomena are on the dramatic uptake---31 percent higher than a year ago---with our local City Hall leaders blithely accepting such a harrowing reality by doing nothing decisively about it.

Oh, the Long Beach City Council, whose members deservedly are known in this communiqué as the 9 Unworthies, in early February commissioned the LB chief of police, Mr. Robert Luna, to dispense a report on the increasing crime wave under his watch which descended to the dark abyss in that infamous 2020 Great Memorial Day Plunder & Pillage Festival in which 210 businesses were looted in downtown LB.

Well, Mr. Luna, who ordered 50 of his officers to stand down in the early part of that horrifying rampage, has come up with a compelling reason for this scary crime increase after careful deliberation and intense research.

I figured for sure he would point to the depletion of his once mighty department that has had 20 percent of its force eliminated in recent times by horribly misguided budget cuts---from around 950 officers down to the present level of 750.

I drive around LB all the time, and it's become conspicuous to me the absence of police vehicles on the streets, as cars routinely now exceed the speed limits throughout the city, especially on major thoroughfares such as 2nd Street, Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach Blvd., Carson Street, Ocean Blvd., Studebaker Road, etc., etc., etc.

In the good old days when cops were a noticeable presence in LB, you'd routinely see them pulling over cars and giving drivers moving violation tickets. I can't even remember the last time I saw such a scenario.

And, for sure, I figured the gentleman who so meekly accepted that alleged stand-down order from Mayor Robert Garcia 10 months ago would have learned his lesson and would have pointed out the negative impact that has ensued from the City Hall folly of eliminating the LBPD's Gang Unit.

But, nope, Mr. Luna, ever the enlightened visionary, came up with his very own rationale for the rampant rise in gunfire, robberies, muggings, killings and other illegalities now polluting the area.

It is, of course, The Great Pandemic that has been the cause in Mr. Luna's deeply-researched, deeply-flawed view!


Please, spare me such bunkum!

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Frankly, I'm surprised Mr. Luna didn't blame it on a contingent of extraterrestrials from another galaxy, or on the Russians or on some other fanciful delusion.

Actually, the terrible outbreak of Covid-19 in my myopic view would seemingly decrease the crime rate, since more people would be safely staying at home gazing at Netflix programs than going out and engaging in Gun Fight At The OK Corral recreations.

But I must bow to Ol' Doc Luna, who ascribes the rise in crime to the awful residual effects of Coronavirus even though I, so naive and uneducated, so damned ignorant, ascribe it to a depleted police force that has been weakened even more by being ordered to tread gingerly these days when performing its dangerous duties. . .

  • I don't know about you, but I become almost nauseous when I read how the outgoing CEO/President of the money-hemorrhaging, non-profit Aquarium of the Pacific, Dr. Jerry Schubel, earned more than $540,000 in income and benefits in 2019---and some of his underlings were earning in the $200,000 range.

    What a ripoff!

    The place that never should have been built---I was a passionate critic of the project at its inception---blows at least $12 million a year and recently was given a kindly $5 million loan from the LB politicians, always quite prolific at handing out gobs of money to those not deserving it. . .

  • Long Beach recently received a $208 million windfall from the federal government and I hear approximately $80 million of it will controlled by the LB City Manager, Taciturn Tom Modica, and another $50 million will go to beefing up the pensions of local government workers like, well, Taciturn Tom Modica.

    It's nice to know that a good, decent, honest human being like Mr. Modica is being assured of getting his $300,000-a-year or so pension one day for the draining work he's now putting in daily at City Hall. . .

  • Remember those LB city workers who were furloughed at least one day a week during the height of The Great Pandemic? Don't feel too sorry for them. The ever munificent Long Beach politicians have set aside $5 million to reimburse them for their lost wages. . .

    They even threw a bone---a puny $5 million one---to the hundreds of local restaurants who suffered among the greatest financial strains from the needless lockouts. . .

  • It was nice driving down 2nd Street through Belmont Shore Friday night and seeing the restaurants serving customers inside their premises again.

    Why in tarnation were they prevented from doing so in the first place?

    Oh, I forgot, our beloved governor, Gavin Newsom, decided it wouldn't be good for us, absconding with our private rights of freedom in his ridiculous lockdowns that didn't exactly change the course of the Coronavirus. . .

  • The death of Elgin Baylor, one of my boyhood heroes who would become a close friend when I wound up covering him as a young beat writer with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, leaves me saddened and leaves me with a lot of glad memories I will recount in another column.

    He was a bright, good man who was the best gin rummy player---along with the late kicker Ben Agajanian---I ever played against, as he beat me repeatedly during competitions on air flights around America for a few years.

    He also was the original Julius Irving, an acrobatic, high-jumping player with a vast repertoire of moves who defied gravity when driving to the basket and often seemingly hanging in the air before launching shots that more often that not went through the hoop. Never will I forget the courtly gentleman I was privileged to know so well for so long. . .

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