|(July 22, 2020, 6:10 a.m.) -- A man was shot/wounded on Tuesday night (July 21) in the WLB neighborhood north of PCH and east of Santa Fe Ave., a working class neighborhood in LB's 1st Council district (Zendejas) where families have experienced multiple recent shootings including a homicide.
LBPD Watch Commander Lt,. Abe Yap tells LBREPORT.com (initial preliminary information) that at about 7:45 p.m. LBPD responded to the 1500 block of W. 20th St. [LBREPORT.com is unofficially told the shooting was in an alley north of Summit St.). LBPD assisted LBFD which transported a man (adult) shot/wounded to a hospital (wounds described as
On April 21, 2020 casings and bullet strike marks were found on an occupied home in the 1500 block of W. 19th St. with no persons hit. Roughly six hours later on April 22, 2020 a man was shot/wounded in the 1400 block of W. Summit St..
On October 9, 2018, Jose Raul Corrales, a 69 year old grandfather watering his lawn, was shot and killed in the 1500 block of W. Summit St. (LBPD arrested two suspects said the drive-by murder was gang motivated and may have been connected to an altercation earlier that afternoon (Oct. 9) at nearby Cabrillo High. (Mr. Corrales' murder prompted neighborhood residents to hold a candlelight vigil and march (LBREPORT.com video here).
On November 5, 1st district residents elected Mary Zendejas, financially supported by the LB Police Officers Association PAC, Mayor Robert Garcia and immediate past 1st dist. incumbent Lena Gonzalez. Since Jan. 1, 2020, Zendejas' 1st district has had over 20 shooting crime scenes (fatal + non-fatal + casings found/no persons hit) and since June 1 has had 10 shooting crime scenes (includes July 21 shooting) plus a homicide (June 24 late afternoon shooting at Seaside Park.)
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The 1st Council district's Summit neighborhood (July 21 shooting) is just blocks from Cabrillo High, which is within the LBUSD School Board district of retiring incumbent Dr. Felton Williams. In 2005, a year after Williams was first elected, Cabrillo High student Demetrius Williams. was shot to death within steps of the campus. Starting in 2009, the LB City Council began eliminating funding for roughly 20% LB's budgeted police level (eliminating LBPD's former field anti-gang unit.) LBUSD's School Board took no position on the action. (In 2015, Cabrillo High student Keshawn Brooks was fatally stabbed while walking home in a robbery prosecutors called gang-related.
Dr. Williams' School Board district also includes Washington Middle School (neighborhood disproportionately impacted by shootings) and Poly High (multiple shootings nearby and in 2019 a special education student beaten off campus with parents citing chronic on-campus racial issues.)
A November 2020 runoff election will fill Williams' School Board seat The runoff pits former Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga (spouse of Council incumbent Roberto Uranga, and endorsed by 1st Council district incumbent Zendejas) vs. Erik Miller (endorsed by all LB School Board incumbents and LB's Teachers union.)
On July 20, the LB School Board voted (5-0) to adopt a policy on equity that directs LBUSD staff "to engage in the development of a district equity leadership team, including students, stakeholders, partners, parents, teachers and administrators" that "will be tasked with making recommendations for policy, practices, funding and future initiatives." The policy is publicly mum on student safety (on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by crime.).
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