Overnight Shooting Wounds A Man, Anaheim/Magnolia, Same Area Where Woman Fatally Shot And Female Juvenile Wounded In Dec. 2020
(Sept. 26, 2021, 8:05 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that an overnight shooting left a man wounded in the area of Magnolia Ave./Anaheim St. (CD 1/Zendejas.) It's the same area where a woman was fatally shot and female juvenile was wounded in Dec. 2020 (two groups were arguing at a food truck; the murder victim had no gang affiliation and was an unintended target.).
LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Paul Esko says the shooting occurred at about 2:15 a.m. on the 1300 block of Magnolia. A man (adult) was hit and wounded, taken to a hospital with a "non-life-threatening" wound. The male suspect (adult) fled the scene.
CD 1 currently has the highest number of shootings (wounding + fatal + no person hit but casings found) since Jan. 1, 2021. CD1's Council incumbent Mary 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. [LBREPORT.com editorially named the maneuver our 2019 "Outrage of the Year."]
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.
Zendejas supported the City Council's unanimous Sept. 2020 vote defunding nearly 50 officers in FY21. The action left LB without now roughly 200+ officers (including LBPD's former field anti-gang unit) defunded by previous Councils (that included then-Councilman/Vice Mayor Garcia (2009-2014.)
Council incumbent Zendejas has filed paperwork seeking re-election in 2022.
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