In Three August Weeks, Long Beach Has Had 16 Shooting Crime Scenes
|August 22, 2012) -- With one week left to go in August, Long Beach has had 16 shooting crime scenes this month to date. They include:
LBREPORT.com lists the three weeks of August shooting crime scenes below, with the most recent first.. They are all confirmed; LBREPORT.com doesn't publish unconfirmed and sometimes inaccurate information from police scanners.
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 Aug 10 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.
No public speakers from any neighborhood, business or community group publicly urged Council to restore any of roughly 230 officers previously erased/defunded. 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.
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.)
Regarding the Chicago calculus for CD 1, based on the City's Council district map, CD 1 has a population of 49,117 residents. Chicago had a 2019 population estimate of 2,693,976 which we're rounded to 2.7 million. 2.7 million divided by 49,117 = 54.97 (meaning Chicago has roughly 55 times the population of CD 1.) In August 2021, CD 1 had two shooting homicides (double shooting Anaheim/Pine.) 2 x 55 = 110, compared to Chicago that in August to date has had 69 fatal shootings (Chicago source: HeyJackass.com website)
This isn't the first time this has happened. In February 2021 (for the second month in a row), the area covered by four Long Beach mainly working class City Council districts -- CD 1 (Zendejas), CD 6 (Saro), CD 8 (Austin) + CD 9 (Richardson) -- had roughly the same level of person-hit shootings per capita as Chicago citywide.
The area covered by two of them -- CD 1 (Zendejas) + CD 6 (Saro) - had a level of person hit shootings higher than Chicago.
Using rounded figures, Chicago's population is roughly 13 times that of CDs 1 + 6 + 8 + 9 combined and roughly 28 times the population of CD's 1+6 Council districts combined.
Chicago's independent HeyJackass.com website indicated that in February 2021, Chicago had 153 persons shot and wounded.
CDs 1+6+8+9 had 12 person hit shootings in February 2021. 12 x 13 = 156, higher per capita than Chicago. CDs 1+6 had six shootings in February 2021. 6 x 28 = 168, higher per capita than Chicago. And CD's 8+9 had six shootings in February 2021. 6 x 25 = 150, just under the per capita level for Chicago
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