LOCAL VOICES: Non-responsive governance like a thorn
An archaic style of ineffective, non-responsive governance in Compton like 'a thorn' in homeowner's side By JO MORALES I have issues with lots of things that happen in Compton, The thorn in my side since 2011 has
An archaic style of ineffective, non-responsive governance in Compton like ‘a thorn’ in homeowner’s side
By JO MORALES
I have issues with lots of things that happen in Compton, The thorn in my side since 2011 has been this stupid 24/7 parking in Richland Farms and the small area between Oleander Avenue and the Compton Creek. I live on Caldwell Street a half block from Kennedy Elementary School.
Compton’s idea of 24/7 restricted parking is forcing residents to go to City Hall once a year to get parking permits. We’re permitted two per year. To get the permits, we have to show registration and identification. If you are having guests over and need more than two permits, you are supposed to give the city five days advance notice, then go to City Hall to pick up the stupid little paper permits for your guests.
You can only get 4 at a time and can only do this four times a year. So, you may ask what the city and the school district do about pick-up and drop-off of children at Kennedy Elementary? The answer is “not a damn thing,” and there is like traffic mayhem with parked cars on Caldwell as far as the eye can see. This occurs twice every school day. This is not 24/7 restricted parking and I would not in my wildest dreams imagined that the parking-by-permit-only signs meant that it would not apply to the school. It is not in the municipal code, it’s just one of those made up Compton things.
So we just try to avoid going or coming from our house when school pick-ups and drop-offs are happening. This is an example of the hoops the city wants us to jump through. It makes no sense. None! It’s like an episode of the Twilight Zone.
Jo bought a house, but we bend the rules to bend her over. [laughing out loud]. I have heard several tall tales over the years from the school district, but nothing has ever been done. Obviously, given my situation and all the tall tales, I was 110 percent against Measure S.
On the first day of school, I went out and looked at drop-off time. Absolutely nothing has changed. I don’t know why I had a glimmer of hope that matters would be different in 2016. I guess because I thought nobody would have the nerve to raise property taxes and, you know, not handle sh–, like this. LOL.
It hit me like a ton of bricks because with my mother’s failing health, I just haven’t the time or energy to fight something that shouldn’t be happening at all. It was like some dramatic moment for me. I know you are probably laughing and that’s okay. I haven’t had it in me to go look at student pick-up time. I don’t think I can handle that right now. [laughing out loud, again].
I should have just stayed inside and not looked, waited for a day I needed to go somewhere and get pissed, then.
So, this is my story — Compton run by duct tape and “Post It Notes.” WHEE!
Jo Morales is a homeowner in Compton.
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