Man Is Shot/Wounded In 1400 block LB Blvd (CD 1/Zendejas)...Less Than Six Hours After Shooting A Mile Due East (14th/Gaviota/CD 6/Saro)
|(Aug. 15, 2021, 6:10 a.m.) -- Less than six hours after a shooting in the 1400 block of Gaviota Ave. (CD6/Saro), a man was shot/wounded roughly a mile due west in the 1400 block of LB Blvd. (CD 1/Zendejas) (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
It's the second shooting within a week in CD1 which had gunfire in the 900 block of Daisy Ave. struck a multi-unit residence and a parked unoccupied vehicle (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
The two Council districts have the highest number of shootings (woundings + homicides + casings found) in the city since Jan. 1, 2021.
In the Aug. 15 shooting, LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Paul Esko says that about 2:30 a.m. officers responded to the 1400 block of LB Blvd where a man (adult) sa struck/wounded in a shooting. The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds and last reported in stable condition.
On Aug. 10, 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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