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|(June 19, 2020, 8:55 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com, an independent outlet now in our 20th year in Long Beach, invites the views of Long Beach residents citywide on the matters below. Our questions aren't filtered by city officialdom. They have no objectively correct or incorrect answers. They reflect your opinions and those of your neighbors.
Our online survey isn't statistically randomized. We included the opportunity to provide thoughtful responses (not just "yes" or "no" answers). Our questions also invite geographic information relevant to the issues.
We precede our questions with prefaces containing information previously reported previously by LBREPORT.com.
LBREPORT.com welcomes ad factum responses, pro and con, on the merits. (Ad hominem attacks on a person only show the person offering them isn't capable of composing a good response on the merits.)
You can proceed immediately to our three question survey immediately, or view the prefaces and questions beforehand ot views responses received thus far..
Below are the prefaces and the questions to which we invite your responses.
Preface to Q1 and Q2 (below): On Feb 14, 2020, LB Police Chief Robert Luna held a press event to announce the arrest of multiple suspects (some adults and some juveniles) on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and other charges involving a number of LB shootings. LBPD's release Lis here Several LB news outlets, including LBREPORT.com reported, the event (LBREPRT.com coverage here with VIDEO below.
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Q1: Do you support or oppose LBPD conducting such operations in the future and if so why or why not?
Q2: Are you more or less inclined to elect or reelect a Long Beach incumbent or a candidate if he/she favors "defunding" (reducing funding for) LBPD to conduct such operations and if so why or why not?
Preface to Q3: During a roughly five year period that began with the 2008-2009 economic slowdown, a former City Council (that included then-Councilman (now Mayor) Robert Garcia and current Councilman/Vice Mayor Dee Andrews) approved Mayor Foster-favored "proportional budget reductions" that (at their zenith) erased roughly 20% of LB's General Fund funded police officers. The LB police officers union leadership didn't object to the police reductions for LB taxpayers. In June 2016, LB voters approved the Mayor/Council-sought Measure A sales tax increase, LB's officers union was the single largest campaign contributor to the Garcia-run Measure A campaign. Prior to COVID-19, Measure A brought LB City Hall roughly $60+ million more in General Fund revenue each year Since FY17, the City Council has approved budgets restoring 22 of 208 budget-erased officers and used other General Fund sums to approve pay raises for LB;s police officers union. LB city management has indicated restoring 10 officers ("fully turned out" with equipment) would initially cost about $2 million more each year.
Q3: Do you believe LB's Mayor/City Council should restore funding to LBPD's field anti-gang unit (20 officers + 2 sergeants) or restore any other portions of roughly 186 officers the Mayor/Council haven't restored to date, and why or why not?
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