I certainly do respect our Long Beach City officials for doing so much with so little, but as a resident, we really need to do a better job at balancing out the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in downtown long beach; especially those who are being most impacted by the gentrification process.
Having lived in the Shoreline Gateway area of Downtown Long Beach for a number of years now, I have noticed some interesting patterns, and in lieu of our 20th police related shooting, I am starting to get a minimal grasp on what may be happening.
Quite frankly, downtown long beach does not feel safe, and although some might disagree (for the sake of being optimistic), those who may consider themselves a little more "street sensitive '' would agree that if you know what to look for, you will see it, crime.
Much of the criminal activity in downtown long beach is right in front of our faces, and many of us do not see it because we may not want to see it, so we try to ignore it, but when you know what to look for, you see it everyday.
I hope that eventually something will be done to help poor people in our community from disintegrating, while at the same time responsibly develop downtown long beach so that everyone feels secure, regardless of income or status; especially the good people who have become my friends here in downtown long beach.
The Greenleaf Hotel continues to have a negative impact on the quality of life in the Shoreline Gateway Community area of the East Village Arts District in Downtown Long Beach, California.
The Greenleaf Hotel, located at 63 Lime Ave, Long Beach, CA sits unsuspectingly in the heart of the East Village arts District in downtown Long Beach.
Many people who live near or around the Greenleaf Hotel are not aware that the hotel is being used to house individuals coming out of incarceration, or homelessness, and who desperately require community reintegration services, however, the Greenleaf Hotel is not equipped to handle such populations, has no licensed clinical staff, no social workers, or no security presences to manage their residents, and as a result, the people who live in this community are forced to look the other way at criminal behavior that is a constant reminder of the voucher program.
What we have observed over recent months/years are people coming into the Greenleaf Hotel with state funded vouchers checking in, and then loitering throughout the neighborhood, drinking, getting high, fighting, stealing from residents, and even prostitution, and in many cases the presence of these high-risk individuals attracts a negative element that would not be present if the Greenleaf Hotel voucher program were better managed.
On average, we have people drinking and drugging right down the street from the hotel, and then when they are done, they leave their trash behind, their needles, their bottles, and then head back up to the Greenleaf Hotel to sleep, so in esence, we have a program in which the state is funding the opportunity for residents of the Greenleaf to get high on the state coffers, while disrupting the lives of those who live here.
When we took this matter up with our city council representative, we were told that the only solution was to call the police when we saw something, however, what we found is that we could literally call the police on a daily basis, and after a while it became futile.
What is interesting in all of this is that here we have a state funded entity, where a city of long beach business is not only making money off the state of California, but then we see the use of city funds, by way of the police department budget to manage the problem, so for the owners of the Greenleaf, they not only make money off the state, but they disproportionately consume city dollars due to the police department being required to their multitude of community disruptions.
It would seem that the city would see this disparity, and even the overuse of city funds, and require the entity to provide their own security out of their own pockets instead of exploiting our city funding to manage their ineptitude.