Harbor Currents: NEWS March 22, 2013

  • 03/22/2013
  • Terelle Jerricks

Coastal SPNC Votes to Fight Defunding of Election
SAN PEDRO — On March 18, The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council moved, 12-0 with one abstention, to request that the City of Los Angeles issues no delays in the 2014 neighborhood council elections, that it fully funds the elections, that it restore the $50,000 annual budget, and that it cease and desist from further sweeping of neighborhood funds.
The City of Los Angeles is asking neighborhood councils to postpone their elections due to budget cuts and pay for their next elections at a cost of $7,300 per council
Neighborhood council members believe the city’s actions are in violation of Charter section 911 by cutting funds, sweeping annual excess funds and failure to fund neighborhood councils in a secure account one year in advance.

Seventy-one Arrested in Operation Spring Cleaning
Long Beach — Long Beach Police Department officers joined forces with Albertsons, CVS, Rite Aid, Smart & Final, Stater Bros., Target, Vons, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart’s loss prevention personnel in a three-day operation, which resulted in 71 arrests, officials said.
Operation Spring Cleaning aggressively targeted organized retail crime, which includes shoplifters, commercial burglars, and organized gangs that steal from these establishments. On March 14, 15, and 16, burglary detectives and directed enforcement Officers, from the East, West and North patrol divisions, joined 100 loss prevention specialists at local retail companies to arrest, cite or identify all suspects detained for theft related offenses at 43 retail establishments throughout Long Beach.
This is the first time this type of operation was held in Long Beach.  The operation resulted in 24 felony filings, 42 misdemeanor filings, 6 juvenile petitions and 71 civil demand notices issued by each business.
Commonly stolen items included:  toiletries, cosmetics, groceries, alcohol, and clothing. Officers caught one adult female suspect with multiple stolen items and found she had hidden two pies and a gallon of ice cream on her person.  In another incident, a male adult suspect was caught with over $200 worth of meat hidden in his backpack.
Details: (562) 570-7351

Suspect Arrested for LBPD Officer Attempted Murder
Long Beach — On March 21, Long Beach Police Department officers arrested 24-year-old Juan Carlos Vasquez, a resident of Long Beach, suspected of the attempted murder of an officer on March 18.
At about 6:30 p.m. March 18, LBPD officers responded loitering by possible gang members near 8th Street and Maine Avenue.
When they arrived to the area a police officer made contact with man, who ran from the officer and began shooting at the policeman. The officer returned fire and the suspect fled into the neighborhood, officials said.
The officer was not injured and the suspect was not struck by gunfire.
Vasquez, who is a gang member, was booked for the attempt murder of a police officer and is being held without bail.
The arrest was made after interviewing neighbors in the area. The LBPD SWAT Team served a search warrant in Wilmington and arrested Vasquez.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Officer-Involved Shooting
Long Beach — An officer-involved shooting took place, at about 10:40 p.m. March 21, in the 4500 block of Orange Avenue, stemming from a robbery that took place March 18.
At about 2 a.m. March 18, the Long Beach Police Department received a report of a robbery a convenience store. The man fled the location before officers arrived but they were able to get a description of the suspect and he was identified.
The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Matthew Frushon of Long Beach.  He is facing charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
On March 21, a policeman in his patrol car spotted the suspect. The suspect fled on foot. Because the suspect was considered armed and dangerous, and because officials say the suspect made overt action at the officer, the policeman discharged his firearm. The suspect was struck and sent to a local hospital, listed in stable condition.
The officer was not injured during the incident and no gun was found at the scene.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

LB City Council Temporary Moratorium on Mortuaries
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach City Council unanimously voted, March 19, to declare an emergency to exist with a modification of a 9-month interim study period for mortuaries, funeral homes and crematoriums.

Chittick Field to Get Improvements
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach City Council voted 8-0, with Vice Mayor Robert Garcia absent, to consider the certified addendum to an environmental impact report for improvements to Chittick Field for more than $6 million.
The cost will be offset by donations from Occidental Petroleum, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Capital Projects Fund of the Department of Public Works.

City Council Votes to Provide Homeless Housing
LONG BEACH — On March 19, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to purchase a 28,237-square-foot building at 1955-1965 Long Beach Boulevard for use as the homeless accommodation site.
Under the tentative agreement, the city will purchase the building, lease it to Mental Health America for 10 years and then convey the property to Mental Health America.  Mental Health America will be required to offer high-quality retail services at the location, as well as job training and mental health services to their clients.
The city will pay $2.8 million for the building, and $1.2 million to fund related improvements to design and construct the retail establishment, a community meeting room, and tenant improvements and to provide programming.
The facility is designed to benefit the neighborhood by offering job training to Mental Health America clients and a high-quality retail establishment, along with a community meeting room.
The facility will also have operating conditions required under the agreement to ensure the facility will co-exist with the neighborhood. These provisions include: operating hours, developing a good neighbor side agreement with the neighborhood; and establishing a 24-hour phone line for neighborhood concerns. The City and Mental Health America will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for an additional 5 years after the conveyance of the property to continue the provisions not covered by zoning.
On March 15, The City of Long Beach and Mental Health America reached a tentative agreement on the homeless accommodation required for reuse of the Schroeder Hall facility.
Under federal law, the city is required to secure a homeless accommodation site before conveyance of the Schroeder Hall site from the Army for use as a future East Police Substation.

Marymount College Announces Name Change
PALOS VERDES — Marymount College is announced, March 22, that it is changing its name from Marymount College, Palos Verdes, California to Marymount California University.
This new name reflects the recent transformation of the 45-year-old institution of higher education to a future multisite institution with undergraduate and graduate programs.
Founded in 1968 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) as a two-year coeducational college, Marymount has undergone a transformation in the past five years, including:
The investment of more than $15 million in facilities development, construction and improvement since 2008;

  • The founding of a comprehensive service learning program in 2009;
  • The addition of four-year degree programs in 2010;
  • The addition of an urban campus in Los Angeles (San Pedro) in 2011;
  • The admission into the NAIA Cal Pac Athletic Conference in 2012;
  • The anticipated addition of graduate degrees in 2013; and
  • The opening of a Northern California campus (Lake County) in 2013.
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