Man Is Shot/Wounded In LB's Cambodia Town. 1400 block Gaviota (CD6/Saro), 2 Parked Vehicles Also Struck By Gunfire
|(Aug. 14, 2021, 11:55 p.m.) -- In the second CD6/Saro shooting within the past four days, a man was shot/wounded and 2 parked vehicles were struck by gunfire in LB's Cambodian Town neighborhood north of Anaheim St. between Cherry and Walnut Aves. in the 9 p.m. hour on Aug. 14.
LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Shaleana Benson says at about 9:45 p.m. offices responded to the 1400 block of Gaviota Ave. regarding a person-hit shooting. They found a man (adult) with non-life-threatening injuries, who was transported to a hospital and last listened in stable condition.
Lt Benson says gang detectives are on-scene assisting in the investigation but the motive for the shooting is unknown at this point and its unknown if it's gang-related.
As previously reported by LBEPORT.com, on Aug 10 CD6/Saro had a drive-by shooting in broad daylight in the area of 20th St./Pacific Ave. that left a man wounded.
A few hours after the Aug. 10 shooting, the City Council signaled no meaningful dissent from Mayor/Mgm't proposed FY 22 police budget that doesn't restore any of roughly 230 officers defunded by previous and present Councils. No Council incumbent sought to change their current FY 21 budgeted officer level that leaves LB with a significantly thinner per capita police level than LA, Santa Monica, Signal Hill.
In public testimony, over two dozen speakers from various groups urged the Council to defund 25% ($65 million) of LBPD's budget as part of their self-declared "Peoples Budget." Their speakers said LBPD practices violence that doesn't deter violence, said police don't make the community safer and urged diverting current LBPD sums to other spending items they said the community favors. Not one public speaker from any neighborhood, business or community group publicly urged Council to restore any of roughly 230 officers previously erased/defunded.
On July 19, 2021, the City Council 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.
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 (some of whom had ties to groups that stand to receive a share of the money.)
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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