Double Fatal Shooting: Anaheim/Pine (CD 1/Zendejas)
|(Aug. 5, 2021, 5:05 a.m., updated 11:30 a.m.) -- Two men (adults) were fatally shot in the midnight hour today (Aug. 5) near the corner of Anaheim St./Pine Ave. (CD1/Zendejas).
p>Initial information is sketchy LHPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Shaleana Benson says that at about 12:15 a.m. officers responded to the 100 block of E. Anaheim St. and found two men shot. Officers performed lifesaving measures until LBFD arrived and transported the two victims to a hospital where they succumbed to their wounds.
[Update from LBPD release: One victim was 29 years old, his identity withheld pending notification of next of kin. The seocnd victim has not yet been identified. [end Update]
The motive for the shootings isn't immediately known. Homicide detectives canvassed the area for witnesses and videos.
The double homicide comes two days after what organizers called a "National Night Out" against crime (mainly block parties and meet/greets with officers that didn't address LB's lack of roughly 230 officers that the City previously provided but no longer does.)
On July 19, 2021, the City Council -- which sets LB police levels by its budget actions -- voted (8-0, Austin absent) to approve a Mayor/Management labeled "Safety Recovery Plan" tied in part to a Mayor/management proposed FY22 budget. The plan, sought by the Council following multiple shootings, doesn't restore any of the roughly 230 erased officers, leaving Long Beach without its former LBPD field anti-gang unit and with a thinner per capita officer level than Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Signal Hill. (Chart shows LB police level before Sept. 2020 defunding of 48 additional officers.)
CD 1 Councilwoman Mary Zendejas constituents have experienced the highest level of shootings of any LB Council district but hasn't advocated restoring any of the erased officers including LBPD's former field anti-gang unit. Zendejas recently filed paperwork seeking re-election in 2022 after gaining Council office in a Nov. 2019 special election aided by three $10,000 contributions from Mayor Garcia, immediate past CD 1 Councilwoman (now state Senator) Lena Gonzalez and the LB police officers union. The contributions exceeded LB's voter enacted contribution limits to candidate-run campaign committees by funneling the $30,000 to an "independent" (non candidate controlled) committee run by the LB firefighters union..
Under the $8.6 million "Safety Recovery Plan" LB taxpayers will spend roughly $4 million for non-police items labeled "prevention" and supported by multiple public podium speakers (including some with ties to groups that stand to receive a share of the money.)
Several public speakers opposed spending sums in the plan that will maintain current police base staffing (depleted by responses to recent shootings) and urged reducing LBPD funding further. Some said Long Beach is over-policed and urged support for what organizers called a "Peoples Budget" that would reduce LBPD levels further.
No public speakers came to the podium to speak in support of maintaining or backfilling current police funding items.
To date, no Long Beach neighborhood group has adopted a voted resolution calling on the Council to restore 48 officers defunded by the Council's Sept. 2020 FY 21 budget vote.
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