|(Feb. 8, 2020, 7:20 a.m.) -- Two men were shot/wounded on Friday night (Feb. 7) in the 1000 block of E. 16th St. (just east of the Poly High athletic field/near the CA Rec Center (6th Council district.)
LBPD overnight/early a,m. Watch Commanders Brown and Solemita tell LBREPORT.com (preliminary/fluid information) that officers were dispatched to the location at about 10:42 p.m. The victims are male Asians (one last reported in critical condition, the other stable). The suspects are Asians (no immediate further description.) Detectives are investigating the double-shooting as possibly gang-related,
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The maps below show cumulated fatal, non-fatal and no-person hit shootings cumulated from Jan. 1, 2018 to date.
For context, the second map shows shootings cumulated from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017.
It's the second shooting crime scene within ten days in LB's 6th Council district (Jan. 29 shooting, 1800 block Lemon, LBREPORT.com coverage here) which had LB's second highest number of shootings and homicides in 2019 (second to the 1st district). Sixth district Council incumbent/Vice Mayor Dee Andrews, endorsed by the LB police officers union and Mayor Robert Garcia, faces a re-election challenge from five candidates including Suely Saro -- endorsed by the L.A. County Democratic Party and Council incumbents Uranga, Richardson and Pearce -- whose election is supported is organized labor waging an independent campaign for her with a more than quarter million warchest (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
Under Mayor Foster, then-1st dist. Councilman (now Mayor) Garcia and incumbent 6th dist. Councilman (Vice Mayor) Andrews voted for budgets that over a roughly five year period erased funding for 208 police officers (including LBPD's 22-member field anti-gang unit) without audible objection by the LB police officers' union. The Council has restored budgeted funding for 22 officers since LB taxpayers approved the June 2016 "temporary" Measure A General Fund ("blank check") sales tax. In December 2019, the LB police officers union gave $200,000 to a political committee operated by Mayor Garcia currently urging LB voters to support a March 2020 ballot measure that would impose the Measure A sales tax with no specified end date.
Asked at a Feb. 3 Wrigley candidate forum if they would support allocating 10% ($6 million) of Measure A's annual revenue (approx,. $60 million) to restore 30 police officers (out of over 150 still not restored, including LBPD's former field anti=gang unit), neither incumbent Andrews nor challenger Saro committed to do so.
In contrast to LB's 2nd and 8th districts, there are no Reform Ticket candidates in LB's 6th distrcit race.
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