|(December 12, 2020, 9:25 p.m.) -- A man was shot/wounded tonight (Dec. 12) in the area of Anaheim St./Chestnut Ave (CD1/Zendejas) at the northern edge of the Willmore City historic district, less than 24 hours after a man was shot in the head juat few blocks south in Drake Park.
LBPD Public Information Officer Allison Gallagher tells LBREPORT.com (preliminary information) that at about 7:35 p.m. on Dec. 12, officers were sent to the area of Anaheim/Chestnut where they found a man (adult) shot/wounded. LBFD transported him to a hospital at last report in stable condition.
Less than 24 hours erlier, nearby Drake Park had its second shooting within less than two weeks as a man was shot in the head (Dec. 11) in Drake Park (as of daybreak Dec. 12 last reported in critical condition.)
By way of context:
Since June 2, 2020, residents of LB's mainly working class 1st Council district have experienced the highest number of shootings (total wounding + fatal + casings found/vehicles-buildings hit) of any LB Council district. Since early December 2020, CD 1 has been represented by Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, elected with the support the LB Police Officers union political action committee (LBPOA PAC), Mayor Robert Garcia and immediate past CD1 Councilwoman (now state Senator) Lena Gonzalez.
In Sept. 2020, Councilwoman Zendejas joined a unanimous City Council in voting to adopt a FY21 budget that defunds nearly 50 officers on top of roughly 180+ officers defunded by Councils in budgets from 2009-2014 (with "yes" budget votes by then-1st district Councilman Robert Garcia.) Among officers not restored for LB taxpayers is LBPD's former 22-member field anti-gang unit (details here.)
In 2013, then Vice Mayor Garcia (preparing a 2014 run for Mayor) used roughly $27,000 from CD 1's infrastructure funds to put six cameras in areas viewing Drake Park, However since becoming Mayor, Garcia hasn't recommended budgets restoring more than 22 out of 208 officers he voted to erase (including the field anti-gang unit) in previous budgets. When Garcia ran for Mayor in 2014, he supported electing Lena Gonzalez, his CD1 field rep, to succeed him.
In the 2019 no-runoff special election to fill the Council vacancy created as Gonzalez advanced to Sacramento, LBPOA's PAC, Garcia and Gonzalez gave $10,000 each -- exceeding allowable contributions to candidate campaigns -- by giving the sums instead to the LB Firefighters Ass'n which then used the sums to run an "independent" (non candidate run) campaign supporting Zendejas. [LBREPORT.com labeled the maneuver our 2019 "Outrage of the Year."]
LBREPORT,.com has separately learned that state Senator Gonzalez has since moved out of CD1 and into ELB's affluent 5th Council district.
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