On Aug. 6 three other bad bills were approved by the State Senate Housing Committee: AB 725, AB 2345 (lets developers override city standards on height, open space, parking, setbacks, side yards and other careful planning) and AB 3040 (lets cities "upzone" single-family areas to fourplexes)
On Aug. 11, SB 1120 (co-authored by state Senator Lena Gonzalez, it would crush single-family zoning, allowing 4 market-rate homes where a one home now stands) and SB 902 will be heard in the Ass'y Local Gov't Committee. SB 902 lets city councils toss out voter-approved protection of lands.
SB 1085, SB 995 remain problematic.
|Eighth district incumbent Austin is seeking a third term in November endorsed by the Long Beach Police Officers Ass'n PAC. Its endorsement, previously considered an automatic "plus," may be less so now. LBPOA's leadership has supported incumbents (even those in high crime areas) who approved union pay raises without restoring for taxpayers roughly 180+ police officers (esaed without LBPOA objection 2009-2015) including LBPD's former field anti-gang unit.
Austin's runoff opponent, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk (heavily backed by organized labor) is endorsed by NLB's 9th dist. Councilman Rex Richardson who's on record favoring "defunding" (reducing funding for) LBPD (LBREPORT.com coverage including audio here.)
North Long Beach consists of multiple neighborhoods from the northern part of the 8th Council district through all of LB's 9th district. Not all of them are equally impacted by shootings/violent crime.
On June 28, 2020, a few blocks north and east of the Aug. 6 Lime Ave. shooting, a man was shot/killed on Orange Ave. just north of South St. (border between 8th and 9th districts.) The next night (June 29) a woman was fatally shot and two other women were shot/wounded in the same location at a vigil for the initial homicide victim..
A few hours earlier at mid afternoon June 29, a 16-year old boy was shot/wounded in the 5800 block of Atlantic Ave. (a few steps from LB's Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library.)
On July 1, a man was shot/killed in the 400 block of Adair St. in a quiet residential neighborhood not far from DeForest Park along the east bank of the L.A. River. A few days later, gunfire flew in the park at midday.
Between June 30 and Aug. 3, 2020, the 9th district had five shooting crime scenes, four of which were near the Artesia Blvd. corridor near Paramount Blvd. adjoining the 91 freeway.
LBREPORT.com has editorially deplored these conditions as chronic inequities, a "tale of two cities," disproportionately impacting LB's working class areas while leaving more affluent parts of LB mainly untouched..
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit
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