According to the 2010 US Census, Long Beach is the 7th most populous city in California and the 36th most populous in the United States. More people live in Long Beach than live in Atlanta, Kansas City, Miami, Cleveland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, or Cincinnati.
With over 462,000 people living within our boarders, we have the benefit of a tremendous diversity within our neighborhoods and communities. Unfortunately, we also have some areas of the city that are infested with dangerous criminal street gangs.
A recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) listed Long Beach as one of the top five most dangerous gang violence cities in the United States. The report based its conclusion on data collected between 2003–2008, and it does not account for the drastic decreases in gang murders we have seen in the last few years. However, the report is another reminder that our city has significant public safety issues to tackle.
As the City Council begins the budget process for the next fiscal year, we urge them to pay special attention to the CDC report. Our staffing numbers are dwindling to dangerously low levels, and the process to train a new police officer is lengthy. Sacramento is releasing thousands of prisoners, and our city cannot wait another year to start a police academy.
For more information on the CDC report, click on the links below: