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Compton councilmember responds to mayor’s statement

Councilmember Janna Zurita takes issue with statements by Mayor Aja Brown; claim she's 'not very good at developing consensus' By JANNA ZURITA, Councilmember City of Compton The fact that Mayor Aja Brown uses the first person, "I

Councilmember Janna Zurita takes issue with statements by Mayor Aja Brown; claim she’s ‘not very good at developing consensus’

By JANNA ZURITA, Councilmember City of Compton

The fact that Mayor Aja Brown uses the first person, “I and my” more than 30 times in her statement [to a local media outlet] really shows what the problem is. She believes she is separate and superior [above] her City Council colleagues. But the city charter disagrees. It says she is just like the rest of us, except that she chairs the meeting.

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“What was wrong with her moral compass for the last two years? She’s been accepting the same compensation she rails against — even when she did not attend the meetings.” — Compton Councilmember Janna Zurita

And the added problem is that no one believes or trusts her much these days.

The mayor is very good at gaining headlines but not very good at developing consensus. Her grandstanding may be appealing to the media, but it is not helping the City of Compton.

Her statement following a Los Angeles Times article is a little light on the facts. At the July 21, 2015 council meeting where she claims there wasn’t a quorum to put the salary reforms on the ballot, is factually incorrect. She also failed to mention that in [the] salary proposal she wanted to put on the ballot, her salary would be double that of council members in violation of the charter.

And there is one other thing — the mayor has been using the term “ethically wrong” to accept the compensation. What was wrong with her moral compass for the last two years? She’s been accepting the same compensation she rails against — even when she did not attend the meetings.

Since we are all elected by the people, part of our job is to know what they want. And what they want are safe streets, more jobs and a restoration of Compton’s great civic pride, [which] will happen when we are working together. To do that, the mayor has to learn to play nice with others — in this case her council colleagues.

Janna Zurita is the Compton City Council representative for District 1

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