Man Is Shot/Wounded In South Wrigley Area Pine/Hill CD 6/Saro); Hours Later, Another Man Is Shot Area W. 16th St. (CD 1/Zendejas)
|(July 25 2021, 7:15 a.m.) -- In the second and third shootings in roughly 24 hours, a man was shot/wounded last night in the 2100 block of Pine Ave. (between PCH and Willow, CD 6/Saro) and a few hours later a man was shot/wounded in the 700 block of W. 16th St. (between PCH/Anaheim, west of Magnolia, CD 1/Zendejas.)
The first of the two most recent shootings was roughly two miles due north on Pine Ave. from LB's "downtown entertainment" district in the 200 block of Pine Ave. (CD 2/Allen) where less than twenty four earlier earlier two men were shot (a homicide with a second man not targeted but wounded). .
In preliminary information, LBPD Watch Commander Eric Fernandez tells LBREPORT.com:
Following the July 24 downtown entertainment district homicide (and the June 26 triple drive-by shooting in the Pike area), LBPD's release on the July 24 shooting stated: "In an abundance of caution, the Police Department will continue to have increased staffing in and around our downtown entertainment areas...." Based on prior LBPD statements, LBREPORT.com believes this is done using overtime.
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The City of Long Beach (LA County's second largest city) has a thinner per capita police level than Los Angeles, roughly the equivalent of cutting over a third of LA's police officers (based on FY21 Long Beach budgeted citywide deployable non-contracted officers.) The City's police level is set by the City Council.
In September 2020, the Council defunded 48 officers on top of roughly 180 officers that a previous Council erased in budgets from 2009-2014. Amid calls by some to reduce LBPD's funding further, on July 19, 2020, the Council adopted a Mayor.Mgm't-supported "safety recovery plan" that will spend roughly $8.6 million on various items including backfilling/maintaining LBPD's current level but not restoring any of the now roughly 230 budgeted officers Long Beach had but no longer has.
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