Sept. 12: Woman Is Shot/Wounded, Anaheim/Pine (CD 1/Zendejas), Same Area Two Men Fatally Shot Aug 5
|(Sept. 13, 2021, 2:20 a.m.) -- Initial information is sketchy, but LBREPORT.comm has learned and confirmed that a woman (adult) was shot and wounded on Sunday night Sept 12 in the area of Anaheim St./Pine Ave. (CD1/Zendejas.)
It's the same area in which two men were fatally shot (a double homicide) on Aug. 5.
LBPD Watch Commander Lt. Stephanie Hall says that on Sept. 12 at about 10:40 p.m., LBPD assisted LBFD with a woman shot and wounded. LBFD transported her to a hospital with what are described as "non-life-threatening" wounds.
In the overnight hours we have no confirmed information on the circumstances for the shooting. We'll add further here as confirmed.
Since Jan. 1, Zendejas' Council district has had the highest number of shootings (person hit/wounded + killed + casings found) of any LB Council district.
The Sept 12 shooting comes after an Aug 5 double homicide which occurred two days after what organizers called a "National Night Out" against crime (mainly block parties and meet/greets with officers.)
On July 19, 2021, the City Council -- which sets LB police levels by its budget actions -- voted (8-0, Austin absent) to approve a Mayor/Management labeled "Safety Recovery Plan" tied in part to a Mayor/management proposed FY22 budget.
The plan, sought by the Council following multiple shootings, didn't restore any of roughly 230 officers that LB had but no longer has (most erased by a 2009-2014 Council that included now-Mayor Robert Garcia.) Long Beach now has a thinner per capita officer level than Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Signal Hill. (Chart shows LB police level before a Sept. 2020 Council defunding of 48 additional officers.)
Councilwoman Zendejas hasn't advocated restoring any of the erased officers for taxpayers...but has filed paperwork seeking re-election in 2022.
Zendejas gained Council office in a Nov. 2019 no-runoff special election aided by three $10,000 contributions from Mayor Garcia, immediate past CD 1 Councilwoman (now state Senator) Lena Gonzalez and the LB police officers union. The contributions exceeded LB's voter enacted contribution limits to candidate-run campaign committees by funneling the $30,000 to an "independent" (non candidate controlled) committee run by the LB firefighters union.
On Aug 25 on an 8-0 vote (Price absent), the Council adopted a FY22 budget with minor tweaks increasing spending for various "youth programs" but with no restoration of police officers for taxpayers.
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