|(March 22, 2021, 3:50 a.m.) -- Two vehicles were struck by gunfire in the neighborhood along Orange Ave. just south of PCH. It was the latest shooting in LB's 6th Council district (represented by Dr, Suely Saro since mid-December 2020) whose residents have experienced 31 shootings [persons hit + casings found/person not hit + homicides] -- more than all other LB Council districts -- since Jan, 1, 2021.
LBPD Watch Commander Aaron Alu tells LBREPORT.com (preliminary information) that on March 22, 2021 at about 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a shots call in the area of 17th St/Orange Ave. Officers located two vehicles struck by gunfire but were unable to find persons hit. Lt. Alu says possible suspects were described as male Blacks in their teens. The motive for what took place isn't immediately known.
During her CD 6 camapign, Saro said she opposed restoring LBPD's field anti-gang unit. With no Reform Ticket candidate in the CD 6 election cycle, she unseated long-time incumbent Dee Andrews who during his incumbency made no motions to restore funding for the field anti-gang unit. In Sept. 2020, the Council voted 9-0 to defund 48 officers on top of 180+ officers erased in 2009-2015 budgets and not restored despite 2016 voter approval of the Measure A ("blank check") sales tax increase..
Shooting Crime Scenes Jan 1, 2021 to the present
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit
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The City of Long Beach currently provides LB taxpayers with a budgeted sworn police level for routine citywide deployment of roughly 1.6 officers per thousand residents.)
By comparison, L.A and Santa Monica budget roughly 2.49 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. [** July 2020 update: LA's City Council adopted a FY202-21 budget that reduced funding for LAPD that will produce a budgeted level by summer 2021 of roughly 2.43 officers/thousand.]
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