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Another 1st Council Dist Shooting: 700 block Olive, Man Is Shot/Wounded



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(August 28, 2020, 5:55 a.m.) -- Residents of LB's 1st Council district (Zendejas) experienced their second shooting within three days when a man was shot/wounded on Olive Ave. (between Alamitos and Atlantic Aves.) just north of busy 7th St.

LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt, Gary DePhillippo tells LBREPORT.com that at about 11:10 p.m. on Aug. 27, LBPD responded to a shots call in the 700 block of Olive Ave.. found a man (adult) with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital with what are described as non-life threatening injuries. There's no immediate suspect information no known motive for the shooting and LBPD"s investigation is ongoing.

On Aug. 23, the 1st district's Washington Middle School neighborhood residents heard gunfire (about 1 a.m.) and LBPD found evidence of a shooting in the 1600 block of Henderson Ave. (one block east of Magnolia Ave., two blocks south of PCH).

The 1st dist. leads all others in shootings since June 1, 2020, with now 16 shooting crime scenes (including 2 homicides, 9 person-hit/wounded shootings and six with casings found or vehicle/bldg hit.) (NLB's 9th district (Richrdson is second with 10 total shooting crime scenes.)

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

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1st district Councilwoman Zendejas (along with Councilman Richardson) have been among incumbents favoring defunding/reducing funding for LBPD with sums reallocated to other spending items.

On Sept. 1 or Sept. 8, the Council is expected to vote on a FY21 budget that as proposed by city management and recommended by Mayor GArcia, defunds/reduces LBPD funding by roughly 4% erasing 50+ sworn officers, replacing them with 34 civilian positions,. Some Long Beach groups and activists have urged deeper reductions. During the period 2009-2015, a former Council (that included then Councilman Robert Garcia and incumbent Dee Andrews) adopted budgets that erased roughly 20% of LB's officers. Under now-Mayor Garcia, the current Council has failed to replace roughly 180 of those officers (including LBPD's field anti-gang unit.

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If the Council adopts the FY21 management/Mayor Garcia recommended budget, it would drop LH's police level from an already thin 1.6 to roughly 1.5 officers per thousand residents. This would leave Long Beach (LA County's second largest city) with a thinner police level per capita than provided by City Councils in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Signal Hill.

Families in LB's mainly working class 1st Council district continue to endure a disproportionately high number of shootings. (LBREPORT.com has editorially referred to this as a chronic inequity, a "tale of two cities.")

Zendejas was elected in a November 2019 no-runoff special election (to fill vacancy created by Lena Gonzalez's election to the state Senate).) In that race, Ms. Zendejas' election was supported by the LB Police Officers union, immediate past Council incumbent Gonzalez and Mayor Robert Garcia. The three circumvented LB's campaign contribution limits to candidates by giving $10,000 each (total $30,000) to the LB Firefighters PAC, which used the sum for "independent" campaign activities supporting Zendejas.) [LBERPORT.com editorially chose the action as our 2019 "Outrage of the Year.")

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