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LOCAL VOICES: Compton maligned by ‘smoke and mirrors’ governance

Incompetent urban planning among other problems; governance will be one of ‘smoke and mirrors’ until next election cycle By MICHAEL HILL Editor's Note: In response to a recent letter to "Local Voices," ("Non-responsive government like a thorn,"

Incompetent urban planning among other problems; governance will be one of ‘smoke and mirrors’ until next election cycle

By MICHAEL HILL

Editor’s Note: In response to a recent letter to “Local Voices,” (“Non-responsive government like a thorn,” Compton Herald, Aug. 23, 2016), local resident Michael Hill, responded:

“Did you really expect anything like smooth, competent function in the city of Compton? Wake up. Things are not as well thought out or resolved amicably as in other cities because the overall leadership and staff are not the same quality as, say, Anaheim or Orange County.

“Sorry to break it to you. City officials are so focused on bigger fish they neglect their own. Welcome to the reality of Compton. Something like an intelligently reasoned compromise or resolution is not in the skill set of the elected, let alone staff, who think they’re doing great by those who sing their praises. If you’re a critic or have an issue, you’re seen as a complainer and will be completely disregarded. That’s] how it goes here. Slow to act, slower to resolve and here we all are, living with it all. From streets to lighting to lack of follow through on local needs.

“Urban planning isn’t anything like what we’re seeing here. Common sense, really. Smoke and mirrors all the time now. Until the next election cycle, of course.

“Now you know.”

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1 COMMENT
  • Tomas Carlos August 25, 2016

    “Not our fault we were elected” that is a comment that was made by a city council member after the elections.
    Although I was not happy with the comment, i must agree that the comment holds truth.
    You can’t expect change if you keep voting the same way.

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