Two Persons Shot/Wounded 500 Block E. PCH (Near Linden/Atlantic)
(Oct 31, 2021, 6:35 a.m.) -- As flashed on LBREPORT.com's front page on Saturday Oct. 30, two persons (a male, age not immediately clear, may be a juvenile) and a woman (adult) were shot/wounded in 4 p.m hour Oct. 30 in 500 block of E. PCH between Linden/Atlantic (border CD1/Zendejas and CD6/Saro).
In preliminary information, LBPD Watch Commanders indicated an unknown number of males (ages unclear) had an altercation with another unknown number of males (ages unclear) which resulted in the shooting. The suspects fled in a vehicle before officers arrived.
The crime scene was a little over a mile north of the evening's "Dia De Los Muertos" event in DTLB on Pine Ave. between 4th-6th Streets.
In other recent area shootings:
On July 15, 2021 a woman was shot/killed on Pine Ave. a block south of PCH.
On July 11, 2021 a man was shot/killed in the 300 block of E. 17th St. at LB Blvd. (a block south of PCH)
On May 9, 2021 a man was shot/wounded in the area of PCH/Pacific.
On May 4, 2021 a man was shot/wounded in the area of PCH/Pine.
On Feb. 2, 2021 a 16 year old boy was shot/wounded in the area of PCH/Pine.
The primarily working class areas represented by Zendejas and Saro have experienced the two highest numbers of shootings (total woundings + homicides + casings/strike marks found) in the City.
In CD 1, Zendejas is seeking re-election in 2022 after gaining Council office in a November 2019 special election supported by $30,000 (in three $10,000 contributions) by LB's police officers union, immediate past CD 1 incumbent Lena Gonzalez and Mayor Robert Garcia (using his 2024 Lt. Governor account.) The sums exceeded LB's limit on contributions to candidate-run campaigns by using an "independent" non candidate-run campaign run by the LB Firefighters Association. Among her 2022 challengers is Lee Rich Charley, who has denounced the 2019 campaign contribution maneuver and said bluntly that Zendejas should never have been elected.
In CD 6, Saro unseated Vice Mayor/long-time Councilman Dee Andrews in November 2020 and is now in office through 2024.
In Aug. 2021, Zendejas and Saro voted for a FY22 City Hall budget that continues the FY 21 defunding of nearly 50 officers. Neither Zendejas nor Saro nor any other Council incumbents moved to restore funding for LBPD's former field anti-gang unit.
On April 20, 2021, the Council approved what it called "strategies for addressing violent crime through community partnerships" but it didn't restore any of the FY21/FY22 defunded officers (that came on top of 180+ offices erased by previous Councils.) LB taxpayers now have a significantly thinner police level than Los Angeles, Signal Hill or Santa Monica.
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