T O P

I'm so fucking sick of Long Beach, can't have shit.

I'm so fucking sick of Long Beach, can't have shit.

rnf1985

Can I ask where you live? Because I used to deal with the same shit living in Zaferia and the crime is the main reason why I moved and I don't live there anymore so don't deal with any of the crime or bullshit. I live in north LB now near Bixby Knolls. Not in the fancy part, but adjacent where rent is still affordable, it's not a busy main street like I used to live on, and there definitely isn't homeless drug addicts living in my alleyways anymore. I think it might be time to move to another part of town, lol.


WolfieVonD

I used to like on 20th and Myrtle where every window is barred up,, and never had an issue. Guess they don't shit where they eat. But yep, now where I live in Zaferia, it's horrible. They try to make it look all fancy and charge more because of it, but it's worse than where we use to live.


rnf1985

Interesting. I feel like I tried to stay away from the places that had all windows barred up. But yeah I moved to Zaferia in 2013 from San Diego for school and my girl and I lived there until December last year and it got worse and worse over the years but we dealt with it because it was *insanely* cheap rent. We moved in when rent was *actually* affordable, we got a 2 bedroom 2 bath, parking spot, laundry, all new appliances, for $1100. But you know.. we got what we paid for lol. We lived on Obispo, which was just cluttered with complexes. We lived next to tweakers who would fight and yell 24/7. Our complex kept getting vandalized more so than our personal stuff getting broken into. My car got broken into once, but like our mailboxes would get broken into every night, any door kept getting broken into (our garage door, our laundry door, door to the apartment complex), litter and trash everywhere, homeless bums shooting up in our back alleys.. etc etc. Things just got progressively worse and the final straw was a neighbor's car getting stolen *out of our fucking garage.* We were like fuck this place, so we lucked out and found a nice place in north LB. But it was hard to move cuz rent was still so cheap. When we moved out, rent was still only $1500 and that was still insanely cheaper than literally any place we looked at as we were starting to find new places. ONE bedrooms were starting at like 1500 and TWO bds were like 18-2200. So I mean I know it sucks to hear something to the extent of "well if you don't like it, then move" but that honestly is the best advice any of us can give you, if you can afford it that is. When we were living there, it was central to a lot of shit, but during the pandemic, we weren't doing anything or able to go out anywhere, and it still is kinda like that, so we were like why tf are forcing ourselves to live in this shitty area. Our quality of life is so much better now.


WolfieVonD

I could afford more rent, but trying to save up for a house so, I don't wanna live **at** my threshold, you know? Plus, I've "moved" 7 times in the past 8/9 years and I'm just so burnt out of how exhausting a stressful the moving process is, just to find out your new place is just as bad if not worse.


rnf1985

i mean that;s true, but how long is it gonna take for you save up for a house and how much is crime gonna cost you? you can try to save but not if your shit keeps getting broken into and stolen or whatever


Jay_bolognese7

It’s really stressful when that type of stuff happens it ruins your whole day. Just know you’re not alone


return2ozma

Yup. Discovered my car had a hit and run sideswipe one morning. Called work to tell them I was going to be late etc. Such a nightmare


PlayaLarga

Those goddam $70 parking tickets though. Straight robbery. We should really come together to do something about that bullshit. Needs to be more reasonable like $35 maybe.


WolfieVonD

It was the cherry on the cake.


the91fwy

In Chicago I paid over $1000 in a single year just on tickets and impound fees. While LB is bad it's not as bad as it could be. I've only put like $200 or something into the parking cartel here.


TheBrownSeaWeasel

It's not unreasonable. Dont park where it's clearly stated not to.


12UglyTacos

It’s not that simple. I had to unexpectedly leave to the east coast for 3 days for a family death. One of those days coincided with street sweeping and I got ticketed. I submitted the form to explain what had happened and ask for an exception, as surely anyone with a smidgen of empathy would realize the issue. Nope, they didn’t care. Life happens and U/eternalbuzz is 100% correct, it’s a pass for the wealthy and a tax on the poor. Gross


mega_asteroid

was the ticket more or less than what parking at the airport would have cost you?


TheBrownSeaWeasel

For most people who get tickets (myself included), it's not because they had to fly across country on no notice. Street sweepers clean our streets. When you leave your car parked, that section of street isnt cleaned. A fine is a deterrent for most people. Perhaps it should be proportional to a persons income, affecting wealthy people more than it does now. The fact so many people get parking tickets at 100% their fault and still complain about it kinda blows my mind.


vonbauernfeind

Honestly cheaper than LAX airport parking my dude. I fly on short notice a lot, thankfully for work, so I'm approved to use airport parking & get reimbursed. LAX is $40 a night. I think LB airport is like, $20 a night, so it'd be a wash, but like, I've thought about just leaving my car and catching a taxi to LAX and submitting the fine. Sometimes I really don't want to give up my spot. My sympathies for your loss though.


eternalbuzz

Regressive. $70 is just what it costs for a wealthy person to park wherever they want. “Preferred” parking, if you will A poor person might have to decide between food on the table and paying that parking ticket. Not that I disagree, it’s plainly stated when and where to not park. ..but let’s not pretend like it’s just.


TheBrownSeaWeasel

Let us not act like truly wealthy people are parking their luxury cars on the street. Maybe Rodeo Drive while shopping? Not most streets in the country. We can discuss how the system is rigged (clearly is) but the least we can do it follow simple parking signs and not waste even more of our hard earned money on nonsense.


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TheBrownSeaWeasel

A cop. Rich. There aren't hardly any wealthy people living in LB and the ones that make enough to not care about a parking ticket probably have driveways. For the record, I dont really sum up my ideologies with a word or two, but most of my friends joke that I'm a far left socialist. Fuck the nature of policing, but parking tickets to me isnt a battle I think I worth fighting. Just move your car. Edit: I will concede that I have lived in nice parts of LB and not so nice parts. The nicer parts tend to have much more forgiving street sweeping times. Like when most people are at work. In the hood-ish, it was like 5am. So that's fucked. Also, I just moved my wifes car right now to avoid a ticket tomorrow morning. I've been parking in the street my whole adult life. Very few tickets but all of them on me.


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MrsFinger

Comment has been removed. We don't call people names in this sub. It will get you banned.


LostInRedditsCheeks

You ain’t from Long beach either I see


MrsFinger

You must be new around here. It's well established I don't live directly in Long Beach. Great deflection!


LostInRedditsCheeks

Good.


Baking_Mama3O

I lived in downtown for 2 years pre pandemic and that was so stressful. My apartment building had gated garages but somehow my car was broken into a couple of times. Found someone sleeping in my backseat once. I broke my lease and moved up to Bixby for a little while. It was better but I eventually decided Long Beach wasn’t for me anymore. I grew up there (del amo and orange) and always thought that the anxiety I felt was normal. Once I left to a quieter city I realized that living in LB is hard unless you’re paying top dollar to be in the “good” pockets.


the91fwy

Frankly this is the experience in almost every large city in the US. City living is not for everyone; nothing wrong with packing up to the suburbs if you're unhappy here.


Baking_Mama3O

Agreed. I spent over 34 years in Long Beach and as I’ve gotten older city living no longer fit my needs so when I was getting ready to buy I didn’t consider LB.


Grade1

That really sucks man, idk why everyone is being such an asshole in these comments


BumbleFuckDuck

"Part of the LB experience hurr durr" while offering no solution such as voting in the right politicians who look out for their constituents instead of catering to businesses. Doesn't matter which business brings in x amount of revenue to the city if it means the QoL of said constituents start to suffer. Welcome to individualism and the "if it ain't happening to me why should I care?" Mentality.


elefish92

> "Part of the LB experience hurr durr" while offering no solution such as voting in the right politicians who look out for their constituents instead of catering to businesses There's a lot of LB apologists throughout the city. After graduating HS, I haven't been to LB for 5 years (not counting covid/emergencies) and it's just disturbing seeing the inequality driving just through PCH to Los Coyotes. And throughout school, even teachers and staff would tell me "Those other people should just stick it to their own because that's LB." then praising how diverse it is (which it technically is, but it always felt so divided, especially from the blatant reverse racism I experienced). Don't get me wrong, visiting during COVID when things calmed down recently made me realize how awesome LB is in certain aspects (bus transportation, park accessibility, library system, etc.). But lord, if you think this is a perfect city you're out of your mind. > Welcome to individualism and the "if it ain't happening to me why should I care?" Mentality. *Tangent*: This is a US problem. The US is the most individualistic country in the world, no question. I've learned the hard way and through therapy that if you care more about others than yourself, you will lose. Not that I agree with this notion, it's just the way it is.


callmeDNA

Lol. It’s a big city dude, no one is saying it’s perfect. Chill.


elefish92

Again, I said if. Never said anyone was either.


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elefish92

> Nobody ever said Long Beach was perfect. Not sure where you got that impression from. I said if. I'm not asking for equality of outcome. I'm asking for equality of opportunity. I got that impression from going to schools in Naples and El Dorado through acquaintances and staff who told me so (maybe not THE word perfect, but a highly sought impression of LB, which is not the case). I've traveled across city to attend them. I don't know what schools you attended, but if it was in your immediate area I don't know if you interacted with those people and how they controlled the system. Student governments didn't reflect the student population in my experience. Yes of course that is the case too. I grew up as a first-generation low-income. I had to figure this out on my own growing up being independent, because like I said, that is the way to succeed in the US. Obviously every city has their problems and you have to work yourself out of negative situations in spite of your background. That's a given. I did that myself too. But look, in the nicest way possible that doesn't mean we can just ignore LB's cons and tell people to just ignore their feelings then do what they need to do. We have to address them if we want to be a better city so that marginalized people would not have to work much harder to an unnecessary extent. I've lived in the SF Bay Area and worked in the education system in college there. I can say that how they do it is better than LB (i.e. property taxes, transportation systems, outreach, etc.). I can understand where you're coming from with this comment at an individual level. I ultimately agree with you there, with a few exceptions. But telling this advice generally, especially to minors? Sorry, agree to disagree. Stuff gets complicated.


GettinWiggyWiddit

Sorry to hear bro. Wishing you a better day today


just_some_dude05

I’m sorry that happened to you. It sucks the police can’t ever catch these people, and our system seems to have no way of stopping it.


Hereforhelplz

I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you're days get better.


biscuitbutt11

Geez are parking tickets really $70 now? They were $40 back in 2014. I’m from Long Beach. Things were on the up and up. Covid hit and things aren’t the same. I’m never moving back.


yunghazel

Yes. I got my first street sweeping one a year ago and I was like “meh my fault, it’s probably like $30” I nearly shit my pants when I saw it was $70!! Robbery. ($30 is still a lot but almost $100???)


FionaGoodeEnough

I’m sorry, that sucks. I don’t know how people live in Long Beach with a car. When I moved here 15 years ago, I had a rental car the first week, and I could immediately see that this is a nightmare place to have one. I switched to bikes and public transit for most trips, and the occasional car rental, but of course, I’ve had 4 bikes stolen over the years too. :/ I hope it gets better for you. Maybe there’s a garage to rent somewhere nearby? In my old apartment, my landlord rented out my garage because I wasn’t using it, so I got a discount on rent. Maybe someone near you is doing that? Good luck.


WolfieVonD

I have a motorcycle now because i can literally park it at my front door. I gave the car my wife to get her to work. Landlords will now charge **extra** for parking instead of it coming with the unit lmao, but also all the garages or lots nearby have signs saying basically "due to limited parking, no you cannot rent a space."


rnf1985

i've had neighbors who rode motorcycles park their bikes in front of their places get stolen just the same, so not like riding bikes is any better of an option other that being able to put anywhere and split lanes


WolfieVonD

My door is tucked away behind some businesses and a gate. They would have to damn-near break into the property to get to it.


rnf1985

you say that like its impossible. if there is a will, there is a way with LB thieves lol


Cheeriomartinez

I guess that works if you work from home or you work down the street. Lol


FionaGoodeEnough

I work about 8 miles away.


_________Ello

People like to ignore this. LB is getting worse. I used to visit and live with my aunt here. I'm trying really hard to leave but I have to wait until November or December. I had my first experience with: Getting a ticket (even if parked right in front of my house with emergency lights, car on, went to get my bag), Having an accident with someone road ragging and the person blaming me when all witnesses said and saw it was them (they told the cops), My window in my apartment broken (someone tried to go in but because I have alarms, that I bought not the apartment management, it stopped them), Saw a dead body in the alley (cops arrived 5 minutes later as someone called 15ish minutes before I walked by there), Someone broke into my car (I never leave anything or even the insurance and registration as I had a bad feeling of LB) person got pissed and put leaves in my car 😒😒🤷‍♀️, Dealt with a homeless person trying to attack me for my tacos (never eating outside again), A mentally unstable person tried to harass me but I took out my pepper spray and they walked away, Etc. All this within a year, fuxk that. I'm out. I'm leaving this place. I want to live somewhere peaceful and quiet.


hamandcheese2

Even the stats say Long Beach is getting worse. I’ve lived here my whole life. Every time someone posts something negative though a weird thing happens on this sub where people say the same things. I think this sub has been infiltrated by companies investing in real estate. You’ll hear “its not as bad as the 90s, it’s statistically the same for population increase, or people getting angry and saying stop talking bad about it.


my_2_centavos

I lived here in the 90s. The 80s too. The 70s as well. 😁 even the very last year of the 60s. It is not as bad as the 90s. Yet.


15000_didgeridoos

Wow all of that sounds awful, I'm sorry that happened to you. What part of town are you in? For what it's worth, there are some much nicer areas up in bluff heights/ Belmont shore area. Everyone kind of assumes it's expensive but if you walk/drive around and look for Rent signs to call you'd be surprised, they're just not posted online. There's a lot below market value, my friend got a $1400 one bedroom recently on Euclid and Broadway.


prettyqualified

Yup. 100%. I’m super poor and managed to find a place that was affordable, especially for the area. The building is older and has some issues but I feel safe and that’s the main thing for me. But there are parts of Long Beach I would not want to live and honestly feel guilty for admitting that.


_________Ello

Oh for reals. Oh shot. I leave near 7th and walnut behindish of Outlet.


furbysaysburnthings

I think most cities got worse during the pandemic because shit's just crazy. The economy, people lost jobs, stress turns some people to bad habits/drugs, people breaking up or having kids. Bet you things look better give it some years for all this COVID stuff to calm down. Remember, COVID drastically changed life for all of us less than 2 years ago.


KittyPill

Damn I’m sorry ): I took a heavy hit from a break in Santa Ana a few months ago… ugh.. I’ve got my windows tinted too, they broke the back one and my seat was unhinged a little so those fuckers pulled 100’s of $$ worth of car products and tools from my trunk. Very very sad day ): I had to start my detailing collection over. Also had a portable battery pack and my wallet and $$$ They tried to pull out my system but failed!! I was able to get my money back from thousands of $$ I’m purchases they made but…. It gets worse My battery was dead and I left my car in the same spot over night…. The next morning it was towed (-$500) and I got it back in time for my window repair apt which was (-$300 or something idr) So yeah- I don’t leave shit in my car these days. Never Ever Again !!


Originalhypeman

My sister lives in Bixby and got her back window smashed two nights ago. Is this a huge problem in LB?


SgtWaffleSound

It happens but I wouldnt say huge. I've lived/worked here for 15 years and it's never happened to me, though I don't drive anything flashy and never leave anything in the car.


Thurkin

There are homeless camps along the exits at Atlantic and LB Blvd near Bixby Knolls. Those areas are also not under LB's L.E. jurisdiction.


iconoclast63

The key to living downtown is not having a car.


ShinyStuffNSquirrels

And so that's why I left LB last year for OC. LB is just too much now. In every way. Very sorry to hear about your shitty experiences. :(


Cheeriomartinez

Ever since I moved to Long Beach I've seen a lot of crazy shit. When I was first looking at my condo a guy was selling one t-shirt outside of the building and when I said no thank you he looked all pissed off at me for some reason and wanted to square up. Then a street vendor got beaten and robbed at gunpoint. When it was in the news it showed my building in the background. I saw a drug deal go on while getting Chinese food right in plain daylight. Dude exchanged stuff with this one old lady and he just rode away in his skateboard. One of the weirdest ones, was when I was driving back home from the gym. At the corner of this one street there's this homeless guy who is always there. As I was driving by he was standing up and taking a shit into a plastic bag. I don't like living here but I can't afford to live anywhere else so I'm stuck here in the fucking ghetto. Fuck it.


WolfieVonD

In the bag? Wow that's pretty nice. Usually it's just against the wall or a door.


itsehhd

Lmao I love reading these. Leave a note like “nothing in here don’t smash” next time. Actually no. They’ll smash two windows to fuck with you more 😂


WolfieVonD

There was no tint on that window because of the last time they smashed it. You can very clearly see inside with the street lights. They didn't even look through my center console or glovebox, I think it was just taking out their meth strength or something.


TheBrownSeaWeasel

Lived in LB for over about 15 years. Always street parking. Never had a problem. I drive a piece of shit. Did get my bikes stolen though. That's true for everyone.


fielddayformation

I moved out of LB recently, best decision I ever made


markelis

...but don't you understand? Those people doing all that shit are the real victims. /s Besides, aren't you glad our mayor is bringing all this 'business' to the city; building buildings none of us could ever afford to live in, while lining the pockets of cronies and businesspeople who don't live here either? /s But hey, not to worry...not one of our elected officials is doing anything about it. They're too busy with more important things, like preparing for a governorship run and shit like that. Man, they need that 70 dollars! /s In all seriousness, I feel for you man. I really do. Not like my feelings for you help anymore than the assholes I mentioned above, but like you, all I got is the same options as you. Nothing. I guess we just have to survive somehow, yet still fund all this bullshit with state taxes (which I just paid over $1,200 dollars). I'm pissed too; and fed up. I guess you can take solace in the fact that you're not alone, but unfortunately, that won't stop the next asshole from breaking your windows and the city charging you for it.


zafiroblue05

Rents would be even higher if there weren’t the few tall buildings in DTLB getting built. The issue is more Garcia and the city government *blocking* development (by creating a zoning map that banned new development in most of the rich areas of the city) not allowing too much of it.


PayMajestic5036

am just curious what area you live in? what kind of car you have? and do you have out of state plates?


WolfieVonD

California plates, zaferia district, 10 year old car


PayMajestic5036

damn yeah sorry to hear, i was thinking they're targeting you cos of your plates. i live in the same but area. i haven't had my window smashed. are you parking off Anaheim st? i know all the tweakers and crack heads roam down that street. maybe someone has a grudge against you. I honestly never heard of the same car getting targeted especially if nothing is inside. Sucks to hear man hopefully you find a better spot. Parking does suck and these streets sweeper fucking blow especially when they have to come by at 5am, when in the suburbs they come by at noon or later while they have tons of parking.


WolfieVonD

Yeah parking is a complete nightmare. Sometimes there isn't any between Anaheim and 10th. Need a damn bird scooter just to get home from my car lmao


blobtron

I hear you. I learned to skate when I moved to LB so I could get home quickly from my parked car. When I moved back I found a place with parking- no compromise. Side note. It’s immeasurably irritating how many land lords will advertise their apartments with available parking- only to discover there is no avail parking, just suggestions. FUCK YOU. one particular spot near Broadway and Alamitos has periodically gone on and off listing with and without parking- I called and asked what the deal was? He told me there was no parking in an irritated voice, like this was a question often asked. Then why do you post it with available parking?


WolfieVonD

My current property has a driveway, but the 2nd unit is in bed with my landlord, so guess who has exclusive parking rights? And just to be petty, they'll park at the very front so even when there's space, i can't park there.


PayMajestic5036

damn what a douche bag! honestly its very irritating when you have a famy with like 5 cars and they park like asshole to save spots for family members it's a total disrespect and disregard to your neighbors, this makes me want to break their windows but am not that petty


mega_asteroid

are you parking in front of the same houses? some homeowners are real shitbirds and will put nails in your tires etc. to dissuade people from parking on the road in front of their houses.


WolfieVonD

I'm parking directly in front of my apartment unit. And yeah, some homeowners will also park in the center of two spots, forcing their own personal 4ft buffer in front and behind them.


doyouneedsomewatta

I know a guy that leaves his door unlocked for this exact reason.


rococorodeo

Why don't they just ask Richard Chase over for tea like everyone else?


ohkinnam

Saving for a house in LB? Or where you trying to buy a house? Sounds like your targeted, were any other cars broken into? Time to get a beater for to and from work?


WolfieVonD

Oh no no, not long beach, fuck that noise. And honestly I'm not even sure it'll be in socal. I have a motorcycle for work because I can park it right by my front door away from people, the car is for bigger loads I can't carry on bike.


yunghazel

Sorry this happened! It’s super frustrating and violating. And what’s worse is there’s not much you can do about it. I hope your car is safe from here on out!


howhowhowhoward

I'm sorry that hapened to you. I can assure you, though, that this isn't specific to Long Beach. I've lived in 3 major cities in 3 different states within the past 3 years and this stuff is happening all over. It doesn't make what happened to you better, but maybe it's easier to know it's not *just* happening to you.


dyslexic_journalist

I feel for you, even if your rant was hilarious. I've relinquished thousands to this city through parking tickets alone, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if they raised them over $70 a pop with the inflation that's already happening. What are your closest cross-streets, if you don't mind me asking?


WolfieVonD

Ximeno and Anaheim


VogueUp

Fuck them crackhead up


Chelonia_mydas

Are you able to get a dash cam so you can see who's doing it? They have ones that have a 360 view and will record as soon as movement starts. You might even be able to sync it to your phone in real time.


Dumb_Dick_Sandwich

Aaaaand its stolen


WolfieVonD

Exactly


WolfieVonD

The last 2 times was right infront of my property and I had security footage. Idiots looked directly into camera too and so I got a good look at them. Handed over to LBPD and never got a follow-up. They don't care.


RianJohnsonSucksAzz

This is considered a non-violent crime so Californians and many Long Beach residents voted for this to pretty much be a non crime. We also voted for early releases of non violent offenders (auto burglary). So even if they get caught, it’s no jail time anymore. We get what we vote for and now we complain.


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r00tdenied

There are plenty of midwestern cities and suburbs with crime rates higher than Long Beach. This type of duplicitous rhetoric doesn't serve anyone. Doubt you even lived in LB.


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r00tdenied

Must have hit a nerve. That usually happens when a lie is exposed.


WolfieVonD

I grew up in Whittier where, when replacing my brakes I drove up and down the street to prime them, by the time I got back (5 min) the car jack was stolen from my driveway. I later moved to Riverside where I had my tools stolen out of my car parked in driveway, when I ran inside to grab my phone I forgot. Oceanside, when homeless for a short while, was parked at a friend's apartment complex. Car got broken into and used as a shelter from the cold. Wouldn't have been bad if they didn't smoke meth inside the car and have a freak out, smashing the inside consoles and destroying a bunch of stuff. Then out here in Long Beach, 3 times since covid.


Thurkin

If you can ID Long Beach as your former residence, why not ID your current peaceful Midwestern Suburb?


Thurkin

*crickets* LOL


prettyqualified

Touché……was wondering the same thing. I’m cool on the Midwest though, Long Beach isn’t THAT bad. That bike trail on the beach is pretty amazing if you ask me. And yeah, no ocean breeze in the Midwest so I think I’ll stay lol


crispybaconlover

He probably doesn't want to give away where he's at and tempt people to move there who would vote for the same policies that caused the issues OP is complaining about lol.


Thurkin

Or, he's just a troll using standard Anti-California rhetoric citing "human feces", "needles", "getting mugged for his groceries" when none of that shit happens regularly in MANY LB neighborhoods. 🙄


Huge_Dentist7633

this entire stream to mayor Garcia just to remind him how The City of Long Beach has deteriorated during his tenure. it a very sad situation.


LAX-Airport

It's funny, living in another "beach", the only thing we've had a problem with is crazy neighbors smashing windows. Now that everyone has a video doorbell we don't have to worry about it.


trffoypt

They are moving through town, my car window got smashed a week ago. 3rd time in 8 years living here in Long Beach.


AardvarkFantastic360

I work hospice at night and get called when they are having issues. So frustrating to go to LB and not find any parking. What's up with gov that allows this? I was born there a long time ago. They've been trying to make it a great place to live for decades. It never will be.


BrushSuspicious4615

Not even kidding, I once got a red zone ticket on Easter Sunday.


bstanfordb

We should do a poll but I wouldn't be shocked to find a large percentage of people that post in this sub don't currently live in LB. We know the mods don't.


Cuspidx

Until society realizes that criminals aren’t actually the victims, this is what we have to live with.


Citonit

FWIW- in the early 90's, I had my car broken into several times, received numerous parking tickets, and had a hit and run all in Belmont shore. Had my car stolen right in font the the police station on Ocean in Seal Beach. Had someone bust in my window on 2nd and ximino because he was drunk. Cops chased and lost him. I saw him again get in his car drunk the next weekend. called the cops and they said they would send someone out (never did, even though back then 2nd st used to have 4 officers on foot and bicycle patrolling all the time) Was groped by a homeless guy on the bus. ​ So yea, this shit has always been here. It is worse now because of the homeless problems, and the people that think enforcing property crimes is racist or unfair.


WolfieVonD

>and the people that think enforcing property crimes is racist... The irony being, the people who think this are being racist themselves, by presuming all crime enforcement would only effect a certain race thats committing the crimes.


OmegaJakk

https://www.longbeach.gov/globalassets/health/homeless-services-divsion/homeless-count/clb-homeless-count-infographic-06-16


prettyqualified

They got some lofty goals…..”make homelessness a rare, brief and one time experience”. Wonder how that’s going?


sunny3cd

Move if you can. I moved out of Long Beach after 2 years of living in Alamitos Beach off Ocean. In that time I saw countless accidents right outside my apartment, neighbors getting into fights (one involving a pit bull in the middle of Ocean), cars being broken into (I caught multiple people trying to get into my girlfriend's car since hers has a very sensitive alarm), one of my neighbors told me they called the cops because someone was in our parking lot with a knife and corned them at their car, one of my neighbors came to my door with a knife wanting to fight (it was all a big misunderstanding, they meant to knock 1 door over), multiple break-in attempts at my building (including my unit) and the building across the street, and I'm just getting started. It was non-stop agitation, screaming from vagrants, human and dog shit everywhere, loud car exhausts, you name it. The final straw was when one of my neighbor's "friends" went on a rant about killing everyone and the devil for a few hours before crashing their truck into my parked car. I moved to a quiet street in Glendale and couldn't be happier. I pay like $600 more per month, but I'm in a (tiny) house instead of an apartment and have a yard and garage. I haven't seen a weapon in months, there's very little screaming, and not a single break-in on my block so far. If you're thinking maybe I'm just not cut out for the hustle and bustle of the city, I lived in DC for 7 years before in not the most gentrified neighborhoods, took metro and the bus or walked everywhere, and the only other place I moved from due to safety had multiple drive by shootings 2 houses down from me in the span of a couple weeks around the time my lease was up.


charlie_do_562

I grew up in LB and I moved here to Glendale with my SO at the end of 2020, it’s nice but I just wish it wasn’t so dangerous to walk around (unsafe for pedestrians). Also I feel extremely out of place, I’ve never lived in an area where there’s so many of one ethnic group and it just feels like they judge you. But yeah you’re right about it being safe here.


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Not asians, armenians.


BrewinBruinn

Well this will probably be downvoted into some place lower than the South Bay but I can’t help but want to provide OP with some perspective based on my own experience. Hated Long Beach. Worst place I ever lived. I moved. Happy now. There really is nothing there. And aside from the obvious things you have mentioned there are little things that you may not notice. The air quality is constantly terrible which is really insane given that it’s on the coast. My respiratory issues and my partners skin ailments went away the week moved. There are literal oil wells next to homes and apartments, some of which regularly explode with absolutely 0 affirmation for nearby residents of what occurred/whether they are safe. That alone is enough to drive a rational person insane after a couple months. Also the non packaged food like meat and produce sold in the grocery stores is significantly lesser quality than that sold in the exact same stores just 20 miles north in la or south in OC, the reason for which I cannot figure out. People will say that there is food and nightlife but even the best restaurants serve mediocre food at best (except little coyote, that place is bomb). But like the Mexican food is fucking awful compared to LA and the high end restaurants serve what is aptly described as a caricature of quality dining. Idk about nightlife but it seems dangerous. Regularly people drive drunk on pch and Anaheim and fuck up pedestrians, bikers or whole rows of cars. The one decent late night taco spot was the sight of a shooting a day or two after my most recent visit. One nice thing is that it is lots of working class folks. But there is no solidarity amongst them from my experience. I grew up working class so this really appealed to me in the beginning but The people I met, i quickly realized we’re not community oriented at all and really gave working class a bad look. But that’s personal and others likely have a different perspective which I respect. It’s not easy, I didn’t break my lease and waited it out, and honestly I thought maybe I was just being over sensitive or over reacting, but in hindsight there really is some kind of cloud over the place and I’ll probably never go back. There is just no reason to. Free to dm if you want to talk more.


Citonit

Welcome to California, or any city. Thanks to the ACLU city and state governments cant force people that need treatment into treatment, they cant take people off the streets that are chronically creating unsafe conditions for everyone, and thanks to the woke sjw's, property crimes, or even many personal crimes that don't end in someone dying, are not enforced. Shit, a cop cant even chase or stop someone anymore without people complaining. Its like you can go beat up a high school student, and when you get caught, just hop in you car and speed off putting everyone's lives in danger, the the officer can only look at you and whisper "please stop" ​ The road to hell is paved with good intentions.


BrewinBruinn

A school resource officer illegally shot an 18 year old in Long Beach like two weeks ago lmao. Respectfully, you’re almost entirely wrong. But it’s a pretty common perspective, especially if you frequesnt apps like nextdoor or Reddit where everyone is kind of in a bubble or echo chamber. Ca is a fantastic state, with wonderful cities built on great communities. They just aren’t the ones you hear about because people are happy there and happy people aren’t nearly as vocal as discontent ones. I moved from LB to one such place. My rent isn’t any higher than LB but it’s so much better. I know it feels good to say “well it’s the whole state nothing that can be done to change it” but it’s not true. There are a lot of places where things are really good and people are happy. Hope that you find one for yourself some day.


Sparky-Apple

What city for those of use looking around?


codename_hardhat

> Shit, a cop cant even chase or stop someone anymore without people complaining. Yeah! Shit, it’s like cops can’t even open fire haphazardly in parking lots anymore. WeLcOmE tO cALiFoRniA.


Citonit

Seemed right on target to me. He did a good job of getting the criminal that was endangering the lives of everyone else there.


codename_hardhat

> He did a good job of getting the criminal that was endangering the lives of everyone else there. How was she “endangering the lives of everyone else there”?


imwrighthere

100% right but are being downvoted. Welcome to the LBC!


bullmoneyhoney

“We did it Joe!”


nukepka

Move


WolfieVonD

>mOvE Any tips in breaking a lease?


slo_roller

Tell your landlord it's a good opportunity to jack up the rent?


fartqueen3000

I broke a lease in Long Beach once- told them I bought a house- I didn’t buy a house- I found a cheaper place to rent with parking-they asked me for proof and I told them no- they kept a good chunk of my deposit which is fine-they found a new renter and I moved on- just give them ample notice and feel them out at least a couple months before you plan on leaving- you don’t want them to hit you with something legal. You can also get a doctors note that says you’re unable to live on your own bc of mental health and therefore you have to move out and back with family-a friend did this once. Good luck.


toastedcheese

If you find replacement tenants, you can break the lease.


gddm

Maybe try to sublet to someone for the rest of your lease term?


ElfreyKin

Move out fuck Long Beach I just moved out to Hemet about 7 months ago best decision I ever made I pay 1500 for a 3 bedroom in a private area my own parking and a garage the first couple months was struggle has my wife job was in Carson so she had to drive all the way out there but eventually we found better paying jobs somewhat closer now the max we drive is 30 minutes to work it will be hard at first but is so worth it in the end I can go for a jog with my 300 dollars beats at 11 at night and not worry about some asshole robbing me


callmeDNA

Lol. Hemet. No fucking thank you.


pln8

Long Beach has gotten much better in some ways and far far worse in others, but you are right, it it way too god damn expensive for what you get..


fielddayformation

The apartment complex I recently moved out of has 1bed/1bath listings for over 3k and that's just the base rent, doesn't include parking, electricity, gas, or pets...what a joke.


Jezon

Yesterday I watched a motorcycle cop give out 3 tickets in 20 minutes downtown. Its nice the police are out there keeping our streets clean of minor traffic infractions while totally ignoring bike thieves and car burglars. ​ But a solution to your problem may be paying for a parking spot? The lots tend to be slightly better patrolled by security/police and paying $50-100 a month in parking fees is probably cheaper than getting 2 tickets a month from the parking fascists. The only problem is finding a close lot, many lots have recently been turned into construction sites for high rises.


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MrsFinger

Your comment violates the rules and has been removed. We do not call people names in this subreddit.


WolfieVonD

It was out of admiration. It genuinely made me laugh at my own pain.


MrsFinger

I am sure you liked it by your comment but it got reported and does violate the rules.


ChiaroscuroHello

Why are you living here then?


WolfieVonD

Trust me, when my lease is up, im out. Was going to move last year but when COVID hit I was forced to rescind my 30 day and sign a new lease.


Aggravating_Pea3882

Any particular place you’re looking at OP? Thinking about moving out to the SGV. I heard a lot of good things tbh.


WolfieVonD

I grew up in Whittier near there and it wasn't much better. I'd like to stay close to Downtown LA since I work anywhere from Burbank to Long Beach, Changing all the time. Torrance, Lakewood, Norwalk, I'm not sure.


codename_hardhat

If you’ve had these issues in Oceanside, Whittier, Riverside, and now three times in Long Beach within a year, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest you avoid DTLA.


WolfieVonD

I would never live *within* DTLA, just within a 20mi Radius of. I cant do those 50-100mi daily commutes anymore


BlueGender1

Camp out at night with a fully loaded paintball gun


pet_thief

Imaginé buying a million dollar house here. This place is so garbage Im not sure I can make it a year. Lesson learned whenever somebody says “working class neighborhood” they mean full of people who don’t give a fuck about anything. I’ve almost been hit by a car twice, almost killed a homeless person who walked in front of my car in the middle of the night, and seen more car “accidents” in the past 5 months than the past 10 years of my life. This place is a shithole.


WolfieVonD

Oh man the jaywalking homeless people infuriate me. They'll wait specifically until cross traffic starts going AND THEN walk out while flipping everybody off. Or of they do cross the street normal, they won't speed up when someone's coming, just force **you** to come to a complete stop.