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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

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10 COMMENTS
  • stuart alderman December 8, 2016

    Yes, PLEASE TELL ME WHY MUST BLACK BEAUTIFUL WOMEN ALWAYS WEAR A WIG TO SHOW THEMSELVES! ARE THEY NOT BEAUTIFUL AS THEY ARE LOOK ON TV VIDEO , CABLE AND IT’S ALWAYS THE SAME, IT REMINDS ME OF THE 50’S WHEN BLACK MEN HAD THEIR HAIR PROCESSED, SIMILAR TO NAT KING COLE!! PLEASE TELL OUR BLACK BEAUTIFUL WOMEN THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL WITH THEIR NATURAL LOOK . ALSO, WITH THE RECENT COMPTON PARADE IT ILLUSTRATED HOW BACKWARDS YOU ARE AS A PEOPLE AND IT WAS EMBARRASSING TO WATCH ON TV AND TO THEN HAVE MAXINE WATERS AS THE GRAND MARSHALL WAS A DISGRACE!

    WHAT IS THE MATTER/PROBLEM WITH YOU PEOPLE AND IF THIS IS THE BEST YOU AS THE MAYOR CAN PROVIDE YOU SHOULD RETURN TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE YOU BELONG. ALSO, YOU ARE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND CHARACTER FOR OF OUR YOUTH TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE, NOT STUPIDITY AND IGNORANCE AND NOT A LACK OF CLASS!! THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE IN MY HOME ‘S FRONT ROOM THEN ON THE SIDELINES WATCHING THE PARADE AND I CAN’T BLAME THEM!!

    CONCERN CITIZEN OF CALIFORNIA , THIS IS WHY TRUMP WAS ELECTED!!

  • Umar Hakim July 13, 2016

    I think the city council has not embraced new more relevant strategies for a social impact to occur in Compton. The Mayor has been well prepared and needs this cohort of officials to step up their Civic/ civil practices. Their own personal capacity seems to have a limit on performance when it comes to Civic engagement, networking, and capabilities of empowering others situationally.

  • Faith love July 5, 2016

    I was born and raised in Compton and I go back to visit my Mother often. The city has not looked so bad in years, so many years I can’t remember. The city doesn’t represent the people. The city counsel members and Mayor represent the people. City voters must vote on principle not emotions. Compton can be a good city for family and education , just like long ago.

  • Compton D July 3, 2016

    The only way to fix this is to police the polls and the ballot counting process. Compton election process is in question and has been for years.

  • Charon Scott July 3, 2016

    Crabs in a bucket smh Compton residents that do nothing to help better the city will always look for stuff like this to focus on. Shame

  • Roberto July 3, 2016

    Yeah….CROOKS…!!! Y ARE WE IN THE WORST SHAPE EVER here in COMPTON. .??? WITH THESE HIGH AS TAXES WE BEEN PAYING…BUT IT’S STILL NOT ENOUGH. .SMH…! I JUZ WANT MY BEAUTIFUL CITY BACK….!!!

  • Roberto July 3, 2016

    Couldn’t of said it BETTER my self…!!! There just StEALING our $$$ … been here (CPT)33years IN MY CITY OF COMPTON OR SHOULD I SAY THERE CITY OF COMPTON…THE Schools are the WORST EVER…!!! I thought I only went true the BAD ERA IN COMPTON’S Schools…but now EVERYTHING IS SUPER SET BACK HERE…HOW ARE COMPTON CITY OFFICIALS USING O SPENDING ALL THE MONEY FROM THESE NEW SHOPPING CENTERS.??? .AND OUR HIGH CITY TAX THAT WE PAY ALREADY…?? BUT WE HAVE NO $$$ MONEY $$$ SMFH..!!!

  • Shawn July 3, 2016

    Then what should be done

  • Mr Wright July 3, 2016

    Well ms Kelly let’s get er done

  • Joyce Kelly July 2, 2016

    Richard Earl, thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I will be posting my history of volunteering, serving, and my leadership experience as well as my work experience to prove I’m the best person to represent the people of the 3rd District and the city of Compton, too!

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