|(May 18, 2019, 5:50 a.m.) -- After ten Long Beach shooting crime scenes within seven days, eight of which occurred over the May 10-12 weekend, LBPD put the following statement on its Facebook page on Friday morning, May 17:
[LBPD statement] "Over the past weekend [May 10-12], the LBPD saw an increase in shootings throughout the city. At this time we do not believe any of the incidents are related to each other. Gang Investigations Detectives and Patrol Officers are working together in an effort to bring the responsible parties to justice. To increase safety citywide, we have augmented patrols in the areas where these incidents took place, having additional officers responding to calls for service."
In the most recent LB shootings ) (person-hit shootings plus "no-person-hit" shootings):
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As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, following recommendations by then-Mayor Bob Foster, the LB City Council (which included then-Councilman Robert Garcia) erased over a period of years starting in 2009 (entering FY10) 208 budgeted citywide deployable police officers (over 20% of LB's citywide deployable level) including the elimination of LBPD's field anti-gang unit.
Under Mayor Garcia, despite LB voter approval of a June 2016 sales tax increase ("Measure A") now bringing City Hall over $50 million more annually, LB's current City Council has restored only 22 of the budget-erased officers, leaving LB without 186 officers (including a field anti-gang unit) that it previously had but no longer has.
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