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Compton political ‘merry-go-round’ spins false narrative

Political hoodwinks; mayor, council want new survey on marijuana, even though people have been screaming ‘Complete Ban,’ for months The people of Compton have been declaring for months they do not favor their city becoming a

Political hoodwinks; mayor, council want new survey on marijuana, even though people have been screaming ‘Complete Ban,’ for months

The people of Compton have been declaring for months they do not favor their city becoming a “hub” for the marijuana business. Mayor Aja Brown and the City Council know full well where the citizens of Compton stand on the issue, yet they continue to metaphorically sing a nursery rhyme called “Ring-a-round the rosie” on the issue.

“Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.”

The rhyme is applicable because the mayor and council are treating the citizens like children, who don’t know what they want, posies are small flowers (in this case, marijuana), and the lyrics “Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down” applies to the “fall” that is coming to Compton if the ash of cannabis is permitted to infuse the city.

The five political trustees — Mayor Brown and council members Isaac Galvan, Janna Zurita, Tana McCoy, and Emma Sharif, act as though they’re lost in a twilight zone. They pretend to be foggy about what their constituents want. Are they deaf? Now, they seek yet another survey and had the nerve, Tuesday, to dicker on how best to provide residents with a survey.

Brown commented it’s good to have as much information as possible, as though they don’t already have enough and suggested cost estimates on mailings. Galvan, the council disappearing act, said a survey online would reduce costs.

This would be a needless wasteful expenditure that amounts to nothing more than foot-dragging. Stalling.

Sharif was the most honest of the pack, conceding that she didn’t need a new survey to vote on marijuana. The Compton Herald suspects, neither do her peers — the “Four Mums” — Brown, Galvan, Zurita, and McCoy.

Local resident Susan Adams, a vocal exponent of marijuana enterprises in the city, stepped to the microphone during public comment to declare “a complete ban” on medical and recreational marijuana, and cultivation of the plant.

Another exponent, Royce Esters, president of National Association for Equal Justice in America (NAEJA), said the city stands between illegal street dope dealers and legal dope dealers, and warned that Compton should not revisit the days when virulent street drugs ruled the streets.

City Atty. Craig Cornwell provided some good news that three medical marijuana dispensaries had been shuttered with three others served with eviction notices.

In spite of clear message by residents decrying marijuana commerce in the city, the political leadership of Compton insists on riding a merry-go-round and singing “Ring-a-round the rosie,” wholly ignoring the wishes of the people.

There promise to be dire consequences in the next election cycle.

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

1 COMMENT
  • Hicks November 2, 2016

    We need the medical and recreational Marijuana. We can uesd the tax it could bring f we do it right..and i know how..school and infrastructures can’t benefit from it what are corrupt government without taking from them.#bring medical marijuana to Compton your yours truly move from company because of medical band #sad

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