LOCAL VOICES: Mayor Aja Brown is ‘dismissive, condescending’
City Council sits ‘bobbing their heads up and down’ like ‘Bobble-Head dolls doing Mayor Aja Brown’s bidding’; the mayor is dismissive, condescending; doesn’t listen What is wrong with the Compton City Council? Has anybody noticed? They
City Council sits ‘bobbing their heads up and down’ like ‘Bobble-Head dolls doing Mayor Aja Brown’s bidding’; the mayor is dismissive, condescending; doesn’t listen
What is wrong with the Compton City Council? Has anybody noticed? They sit there bobbing their heads up and down, saying “yes” to almost everything that comes across the agenda, like they are scared to do anything different. Mayor Aja Brown dropped city managers like hotcakes until she got what she wanted —someone to do her bidding.
City Manager Roger Haley sets the agenda but the mayor owns the agenda, and Haley, too. How else could he go against the entire council right in front of the public, pay for and send out literature on Measure P when the council voted it down, and still be working right now? Everybody knows Haley fell on his sword for Aja Brown.
The councilpersons might as well be bobble head dolls, perpetually shaking their heads up and down in their seats. We are supposed to be a charter city with five strong, independent people so no one individual can dominate the direction of this city, allowing the best ideas to rise to the top. Instead, they look and act subdued. I find myself screaming in my mind — “Ask some questions, demand some answers, do some research, fight for right, stand up, do something!”
It’s gotten so bad people in the community are putting bets on who is on the side of the mayor — who’s owned, who’s scared, who’s blackmailed, and who’s undercover on her side. It’s the best game in town. One of my friends with decades of city hall experience says this is the single worst administration he has ever seen in Compton. I’ve heard stories that behind that religious front, Aja Brown likes to retaliate, is vindictive, a user thinks she’s smarter and everyone else is stupider. [She’s] a “my-way-or-the-highway” kind of person. Smile today, you’re gone tomorrow.
Those putting all their eggs in Aja Brown’s basket are going to find out the truth much too late. I am a long-time homeowner who loves this city and wants to see it progress. I can’t speak for other people, but for me, progress has to be under leadership that loves Compton, not from someone who came here to use us and the Compton name to build their reputation.
There is no way in hell that people in Compton should be paying taxes as high as we are. At least the previous politicians cared enough about the people to not put a Measure P on the agenda. They found another way, but Aja Brown went the easy way. She ran this same tax increase past the city council last year or so, twice until they gave in. I don’t see one damned thing Aja Brown has done, so here she comes with a big tax increase so she can get a quick big pool of money, so she won’t look like the failure she has been. Three years of news stories and her lies about her achievements — that’s all there is to show for. Now we’re going to “pay, pay, pay, pay” like that Rihanna song.
As a homeowner, I have paid tens of thousands more in taxes than Aja Brown. I don’t need someone showing up telling me, and others like me — long-time homeowners — that if we do not agree with then, we are part of the problem. Who does she think has been fighting corruption and paying for Compton all of these years? I don’t mean to sound personal, but she has made it personal.
Aja Brown talks to true Compton people like — “you can walk; a new sheriff is in town and this town isn’t big enough for the both of us.” She’s dismissive and condescending, as opposed to a mayor who listens to, and serves her constituents. Sadly, young people see themselves in her. The first lesson she teaches them is to be wary of their elders, the people they live with and depend on. And if your mama or grandmama go, you go. Think about it. I’m “old school” and Marvin Gaye said it best: “What’s going on?”
Mayor Eric Perrodin went to the people and asked what we wanted and then drew up a city 2030 plan. Aja Brown threw all of that out. The Compton Brickyard went from multi-use residential to industrial, but she hasn’t told us or the council the new plan. Some councilpersons, I hear, say they were clueless about Measure P. She didn’t even consult them. So when the list of her supporters behind the scenes was published — those who paid for Measure P, the unions, and developers — I knew then what the new plan was. It will be progress that’s hers or theirs, but not the residents, except to pay for it.
I like the Compton Herald’s idea to start looking for prospective candidates and a new wave of leadership for Compton. Please, please keep me up-to-date. I can’t wait. I want my streets repaired, better services, City officials who aren’t in bed with developers, possessing character and integrity unwilling sell-out Compton wholesale while they line their pockets stepping over bodies.
And I don’t want to pay another red cent on top of these high property and utility taxes I have been paying for years. Is that too much to ask, Lord?
Richard Earl is a local homeowner. He has resided in Compton for 56 years