According to Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, the city is feeling the impact of the state Legislature's action to release prisoners and reducing the gang unit in the city.
Schipske on Thursday announced she is holding a community update to discuss the rash of property crimes recently committed on the east side of Long Beach.
“I called this meeting as soon as I was informed by the Long Beach Police Department and residents that several property and auto crimes were committed,” says Schipske.
“We need to let residents know about the crimes, what the police are doing and how residents can help.”
Schipske said she is particularly concerned that these crimes may be a direct result of the state Legislature’s approval of releasing prisoners back into the community through the “realignment process.”
The state was ordered by the federal courts to ease overcrowding in the prisons and jails.
“I am also concerned that because the LB Police Department’s gang unit was seriously reduced ... we may be feeling the effects through increased crime.”
The Community Update is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in theEl Dorado Community Center, Bridge Room, 2800 Studebaker, Long Beach.
Representatives of the Long Beach Police Department will be on hand for the discussion.