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Amid Recent North Long Beach Shootings, Incumbent Austin Seeks Third Term Backed by LB's Police Officers Union; Neighboring NLB Incumbent Richardson Favors "Defunding"/Reducing LBPD Funding



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(August 7, 2020, 8:10 a.m.) -- Since June 1, 2020, North Long Beach areas represented by Councilmembers Al Austin (8th district) and Rex Richardson (9th district) have had 12 shooting crime scenes. On Aug. 6, the 8th district just had its most recent one. It was in the 8th district neighborhood along the western gateway to the Carmelitos housing project in the 5300 block of Lime Ave.

In preliminary information, LBPD Public Information Officer Brandon Fahey says that at about 2 a.m. on August 6, officers responded to Atlantic/Alondra in Compton where the Compton Fire Dept. was treating a gunshot victim with an LASD response.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting occurred on the 5300 block of Lime Avenue. The victim stated that he was stopped in his vehicle on the street when an unknown male adult approached him and brandished a firearm. As the victim drove away, the suspect shot at him, striking him in the upper torso," LBPD PIO Fahey says.

It's the second shooting within the past 30 days in the vicinity of the Carmelitos housing project (LA County owned, managed by LA County Housing Authority). On July 17, 2020, a man was shot/wounded in the Carmelitos Housing project.

Roughly a year ago on Aug. 2, 2019, man was shot/killed in the Carmelitos Housing project. And nearly two years ago on Sept. 25, 2018 in the 5100 block of Atlantic Ave. (western gateway to Carmelitos project) former LBCC football player Guy Alford was shot to death at a drive-through restaurant.

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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..

Shooting Crime Scenes since June 1, 2020
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit


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