Man Is Shot/Wounded Area 7th St./Chestnut (CD 1/Zendejas)
|(Nov. 6, 2021, 5:55 a.m.) -- A man (adult) was shot/wounded Friday night Nov. 5 in the area of busy 7th St. and Chestnut Ave. (CD 1/Zendejas), roughly half a mile due north of LB's gleaming new Civic Center..
Initial information is sketchy. LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Shaleana Benson, relaying information by Friday night Watch Commander Lt. Paul Gallo says the victim was last reported in critical but stable condition. Additional information as to the shooting's circumstances wasn't immediately available but will be added here as confirmed.
The crime scene in LB's mainly working class historic Willmore City district is nearly directly in front of the residence of 2022 CD1 City Council candidate Lee Charley. He forwarded the photo above as he and his neighbors watched LBPD process the crime scene. Mr. Charley told LBREPORT.com: "My neighborhood has had it! Two blocks from the Bembridge double murder...We cannot even walk our dogs at night here in Willmore City."
LB's 1st Council district has had the highest total number of shootings (total fatal + woundings + casings found) since Jan. 1, 2021. Since taking office, Council incumbent Mary Zendejas voted for City Hall budgets that defunded roughly 50 LBPD officers, failed to restore funding for LBPD's former field anti-gang unit and left LB without roughly 200+ officers defunded by previous Councils (that included then-Councilman/Vice Mayor Garcia (2009-2014.)
Zendejas was elected in a no-runoff Nov. 2019 special election to fill a Council vacancy when prior CD 1 incumbent Lena Gonzalez was elected to the state Senate. In September 2019, Mayor Garcia, now-state Senator Gonzalez and the LB Police Officers Association PAC bypassed LB's voter-enacted contribution limits to candidate campaigns by giving $10,000 each to the LB Firefighters Ass'n PAC which then used the sum to run an "independent expenditure" campaign (not legally bound by candidate contribution limits) to support to support electing Zendejas in LB's Nov. 5 no-runoff 1st Council district special election.
The result gave a $30,000 boost to Zendejas on top of over $100,000 her campaign had collected from various corporate/development interests, their paid lobbyists and organized labor. It helped produce 858 votes for Zendejas (in a multi-candidate race in a district with roughly 50,000 residents) sufficient to install her on the Council.
CD 1 candidate Charley told LBREPORT.com: "Zendejas should never have been elected. When I'm on the City Council I'll restore livability that this neighborhood and other 1st district areas deserve."
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