When I asked Lurlie Edgecomb to announce our upcoming Shred at Chat-with-Pat, because I wan’t able to attend, she took it one step further and took notes too!
Pat announced our Shred & e-waste being head at Wilson High School on November 2 from 9 to 1. Thanks Pat and The Pat Crew.
Commander Paul LeBaron talked about the F&M Bank robbery. They found a change of clothes in the MacDonald’s bathroom which may have been the robbers. He still has not been caught. Next he talked about the car burglar who may account for 41 car break-ins. When he was interviewed the said the stuff was in view and was easy pickings. Lesson to be learned here; don’t leave your stuff in view! And of course LeBaron repeated his mantra of call, call, call.
They pushed to get Atherton paved and done as the Marathon is fast approaching on October 13.
Dead plants along the newly landscaped Atherton will be replaced by contractor, as they are warranted for a year.
Stearns will also get new curbs and paving starting on October 8. Why the new curbs? If the grass grows over the curb, you no longer have a functional curb. I actually get this concept as I fell one time trying to step on one of those Stearn curbs, that you can no longer step on!
Charlie Parkin was introduced as our Assistant City Attorney. He is running for City Attorney in the spring. Great guy and he has my full endorsement. Vote for Charlie!
Also in the house was Bonnie Lowenthal, also running for a Long Beach elected position, in her case Mayor. Voting for mayor this year is like being a kid in a candy store; there are too many good choices. Can’t wait for a debate!
Mario Rodriguez from the airport said all is good and with Mario you really believe it.
The star of the meeting was Police Chief Jim McDonnell. He said violent crimes are down 15.3%; most crimes are gang related. There are 55 known gangs in Long Beach and decreasing their numbers is the forces area of concentration. The east side has mostly property crimes and that count is up. Drug problems include meth and hi-grade marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is called spice. Altered Bath salts are a new drug trend; they don’t fit legal description of a illegal drug and therefore unenforceable. McDonnell feels that making medical marijuana available in a few well-controlled dispensaries may have advantages. Prostituting of young girls is a concern. This topic is too upsetting for this amateur reporter to write anymore. He also addressed the three officer involved shootings last week. McDonnell stressed the illiteracy rate among convicts is 75%. He is a firm believer in early intervention and made a pitch for libraries and volunteer mentors.
Lurlie’s last line of her synopsis was “Make sure you are there next time.” Hopefully I can oblige and bring the cookies too.