Following Recent Shootings, Vice Mayor Andrews Says He And Councilwoman Zendejas Are Working With LBPD Commanders To Hold A
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|July 8, 1:19 p.m.: Councilwoman Zendejas' office says WebEx "experienced a complete failure to host the meeting...will be rescheduling..."
(July 7, 2020, 7:25 a.m.) -- Vice Mayor/6th dist. Councilman Dee Andrews says he is "working with Councilwoman Mary Zendejas as well as the West and South Division [LBPD] Commanders to bring to you a 'Public Safety Townhall' on July 8 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to [flier topic] "discuss recent crime activity in the city."
"We understand the recent shootings throughout the city have been unsettling and are looking forward to having this conversation with our residents." Andrews says on his Facebook page (with RSVP instructions to participate).
It's not immediately clear if Andrews and Zendejas will take part and field public questions in the "Town Hall" (or whether they'll simply introduce LBPD brass who'll offer crime stats and field questions. LBPD doesn't decide budgeted staffing for taxpayers; LB Councilmembers do.
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As previously reported by LBNREPORT.com, Zendejas' and Andrews' adjacent 1st and 6th Council districts experience chronic inequity (that LBREPORT.com has called a "tale of two cities") with their mainly working class residents enduring the highest levels of shootings and homicides in the city.
The July 8 webcast will come a day after the City Council discusses a measure Andrews co-agendized an item "to explore the creation of the Long Beach Violence Interruption Strategy that doesn't include restoring funding for LBPD's former field anti-gang unit, (Andrews is one of only two remaining incumbents (the other is former Councilman/now Mayor Robert Garcia) who voted to erase funding for 20% of LBPD officers between 2009-2014), including the 22-member field anti-gang unit.) Following 2016 LB voter-approval of the Measure A General Fund ("blank check") sales tax increase, Mayor Garcia has recommended, and the Council has voted to restore funding for 22 of 208 budget erased officers.
Andrews is seeking re-election in November 2020 runoff 1st dist. Council seat with LBPOA PAC support. Zendejas was elected in a November 2020 no-runoff special election, backed by the LB Police Officers support.
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