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Mounting voices demand Compton mayor, council recall

Compton citizens should know where precisely to ascribe blame to the city’s fiscal woes

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Chorus of angry voices decry reckless ‘criminal’ handling of city finances; Compton mayor, council share blame for mismanagement

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average driver in California spends more than $700 per year on vehicle repairs, such as front-end realignments or replacing damaged shocks or tires, caused by poor road conditions. Californians on fixed and low-incomes are hit hardest by the cost of these unanticipated repairs.

NHTSA says our crumbling roads also carry a human cost. California’s poor roadways were a contributing factor in more than half of the roadway fatalities in California in 2016. Simply put, better roads mean safer roads and according to an American Road & Transportation Builders study.

This certainly applies to Compton.

Compton has the worst roads in the South Los Angeles County region — perhaps the state with innumerable potholes that have only enlarged overtime with continued traffic. Mayor Aja Brown ran for the office in 2013 on a campaign promise to repair the cratered thoroughfares.

That has not fully occurred. Compton residents want to know why.

It has not been for lack of funds. The money has been there to repair the roads. Apart from petty squabbling between councilmembers and the mayor on the bidding process for contractors to do the work, there appears to be an enormous misappropriation of funds in the City. The money earmarked for road and pothole repair may no longer be available.

Adjoining cities Lynwood, Paramount, Carson, Gardena, Long Beach, and Inglewood do not have deplorable streets like Compton. And Compton did not always have deteriorating streets, either. The crumbling began around 2000 and have worsened since.

The mayoral administrations under Omar Bradley, Eric Perrodin, and now Brown have all failed to re-paved the streets of Compton. We don’t mean band-aid gravel spot repair, either — that deteriorates as soon as heavy rains fall — but we’re referring to concrete pavement restoration.

We’re not referring only to the mayors, as we’ve already mentioned, but squabbling between the mayor and councilpersons has accounted for the streets remaining in disrepair. They cannot seem to come together for the benefit of the tax-paying citizens.

The Compton Herald will again underscore which city officials are to blame. It goes to future elections and who should get the boot by voters. Mayor Brown, and councilmembers Janna Zurita (District 1), Isaac Galvan (District 2), Tana McCoy (District 3), and Emma Sharif (District 4).

We reiterate that City Manager Cecil W. Rhambo, Jr., and Controller Rafaela King get a pass, even though they are not placed in their role by the ballot, but Compton citizens should know where precisely to ascribe blame to the city’s fiscal woes.

The mayor and council cannot be impeached, but they can be recalled or otherwise fired at the ballot box for reckless — some decry criminal — mismanagement of city resources.

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.

2 COMMENTS
  • Omar Bradley April 10, 2018

    Dear Mr. Fellows,
    I fully expect you to respond to my comment as I believe it would be good for a healthy debate. You have never supported my father Omar Bradley, Sr. And you most certainly supported Aja Brown, especially when you wanted the contract to be the city official newspaper.

    However, I challenge you to show me where my father did not repair the streets and I expect you not only to retract your statement but also to apologize. Apparently, you have forgotten that Rosecrans Boulevard had no mediums. It was long ago so maybe you don’t remember.

    Repairing the streets was a massive undertaking that included new mediums including those placed on Central Avenue with palm trees imported from Africa. New city signs that were shaped like the obelisk in the intersection were actually completely dug up and later stamped when actual brick proved to be less cost-effective.

    Every major street was repaired. Then we worked inward to the neighborhoods; after that, a plan was created to resurface streets. That is what you are referring to. May I remind you, sir, that Compton had an issue with flooding. Our drains were clogged and we had to fix that because at the time plenty was wrong with our infrastructure and before we could simply repave anything we had to de-root. Our trees had indeed grown through the wood plumbing.

    This process began in my father’s second term because in the first term, we had to deal with crime and after effects of the riots. We had a plan and understood it. Midway through this, we battled our police department that had an issue with losing guns. They were removed saving us $22 million per year.

    Enter the gadflies! These residents, the concerned citizens of Compton wanted their police department back, not knowing what actually occurred. The money was there to continue the work we started. The election was stolen, this is fact and not fantasy, and Compton’s priorities changed from recovering the Compton police department. How soon do we forget that all monies were diverted to the “hubsters” return and bond measure were placed on the ballot all to bring back a police department.

    During this time, the streets were not paved and began to crumble. There was no effort to fix, repair or continue anything that my father started. If you want a good idea of the destruction of Compton, one only needs to look at our monument, sir!

    I am appalled that you would use such reckless journalism. Have you not forgotten the task that was the Alameda corridor and all that was required to be done just to get the digging to happen safely without collapse? Fact is, you supported the last two mayors and you did so proudly. They have both been busts! Own up to that, and have a little more integrity than the Los Angeles Times. They supported Aja, but they cannot stop talking about Omar!

    I expect better of you now that you have been proven wrong with two of your picks.

    OMAR BRADLEY
    Compton

  • Connie Halbig April 9, 2018

    Mayor (Aja Brown) ran on her reelection that she had the money to do repairs on streets. Where is the money? What did she spend it on her hair ? Or the outside business she has/had marijuana stores. And her and her husband may still have a few around. They aren’t even trying to help the people in the northern part of Compton with the dirty water that Sativa Water is putting out. Dirty NO dirt in water. They can’t cook, bath or even try to drink . The Mayor and council need to step up and do what is humanly possible for the people.

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