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|(June 6, 2020, 2:20 p.m.) -- City Councilwoman Suzie Price, who chairs the Council's Public Safety Committee (Price, Supernaw and Austin) has scheduled a June 23 Committee session that includes (as its first agenda item) a report from LBPD and LBFD on "lessons learned from recent protests throughout the City, and specifically incidents of vandalism and violence on Sunday May 31."
The June 23 three-Councilmember Committee meeting is the first time any LB Councilmembers have thus far scheduled any agendized public discussion specifically addressing looting, commercial burglaries, fires and vandalism (following a large peaceful May 31 protest march) that victimized multiple LB businesses from the Pike into downtown LB and ultimately locations in Wrigley, Central LB, Bixby Knolls, NLB, ELB and SE LB. It remains to be seen to what extent the Committee members may choose to include discussion of actions by LB city management, LBPD, LB Mayor Robert Garcia preceding and during those events.
The Public Safety Committee's June 23 meeting agenda also includes items to receive an LBPD report "on current internal use of force/abuse of power incident reporting processes and opportunities for additional training on topics of implicit bias, use of force and community policing practices" and a City Prosecutor report "on different prosecution models throughout the state, including the feasibility of appointing a special prosecutor for cases of police misconduct in local jurisdictions, and specifically the City of Long Beach." .
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As separately reported by LBREPORT.com, four Councilmembers (Richardson, Pearce, Austin and Vice Mayor Andrews) have agendized a June 9 item for the full City Council they describe as a "Reconciliation Framework" that includes a 2020 ballot measure (subject matter not disclosed), possible changes to increase oversight by City Hall's "Citizen Police Compliant Commission" (no details) and budget changes tacitly paralleling the advocacy stance of some LB groups that urge divestment/shifting funding away from policing to other spending
Long Beach's Mayor/City Council currently budgets roughly 1.6 officers per thousand residents. By comparison, L.A.'s Mayor/Council budget roughly 2.5 officers per thousand residents (not including LA Airport/Port police.) Signal Hill, surrounded by Long Beach, budgets roughly 3.15 sworn officers per thousand residents for its taxpayers.
In Long Beach, working class neighborhoods in parts of Council districts 1 and 6 experience disproportionate levels of shootings and homicides (LBREPORT.com coverage here.) [LBREPORT.com has editorially referred to this as LB's worst inequity, a "tale of two cities."]
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