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The LBPD is searching for a thin middle-aged man who allegedly stabbed to death a homeless person in North Long Beach Saturday night, per CNS.

Details:

According to Long Beach police, the stabbing occurred at 2:10 p.m. Saturday near Linden Avenue and Harding Street. Detectives say a homeless 46-year-old man approached another homeless man, who was seated down under a tree, and a fight transpired that culminated in a stabbing.

  • When officers arrived at the scene, they found people trying to help the wounded man, but he would be declared dead on the scene by first responders.

  • Police identified 46-year-old Ausanfe Sauta as the victim.

  • The suspect was described as a thin middle-aged man and was heading north on Atlantic Ave.


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The Long Beach Unified School District has released the name of the school safety officer who shot 18-year-old Mona Rodriguez Monday near Long Beach’s Millikan High School.


Details:

According to LBUSD, school safety officer Eddie F. Gonzalez was involved in the shooting and is currently on administrative leave, the LA Times first reported.

  • LBUSD says they hired Gonzalez on Jan. 10, 2021, and he had no disciplinary problems or complaints filed against him during his short time with the school district, LBUSD spokesperson Chris Eftychiou told the Daily Beast.

  • Gonzalez shot Mona Rodriguez at a parking lot as she, her boyfriend, and his 16-year brother attempted to flee from a fight.

  • LBPD says Gonzalez was driving and saw a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl and attempted to intervene. When Gonzalez approached the car he fired his gun twice into the car, hitting Rodriguez in the head.

Driving the news:

About a group of 30 protesters held a demonstration outside of LBPD headquarters.

  • The family’s lawyer, Luis Carrillo, called for the state attorney general to take over the investigation from the Long Beach Police Department and the L. A County District Attorney’s Office, per the Post.

  • Mr. Carrillo said the family decided to remove Mona from life support and donate her organs.



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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced all students, both attending public and private schools, would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 once approved by the FDA.

Why it matters:

Newsom's new vaccine policy is the first of its kind for the nation and could affect nearly 7 million schoolchildren.

How it works:

The COVID vaccine would be added to a list of already required vaccinations for students to attend school and would take effect the next academic year following FDA approval.

  • Currently, federal health officials have only approved the vaccine for those 16 and older, and for children between the ages of 12 to 15, but only under emergency use.

  • If the vaccine gets final approval in 2021, students in the seventh to 12th grade would have until July 2022 to become fully vaccinated.

  • Californians would have the option to apply for an exemption under religious, medical, or personal beliefs.

  • Any eligible student who refuses to be vaccinated and does not have an exemption would be forced to undertake independent study at home.

  • Schools and districts will be responsible for enforcing the rule, just as they are with other necessary immunizations.

Keep this in mind:

California has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, with 84 percent of persons aged 12 and above receiving at least one shot of the vaccine and 70 percent being fully vaccinated, per the AP.

  • Los Angeles Unified approved a resolution that requires eligible students to receive coronavirus vaccinations, per Axios.

What he's saying: California Governor Gavin Newsom: “We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it. And the purpose of this is to continue to lead in that space. I believe we will be the first state in America to move forward with this mandate and requirement."


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