LOCAL VOICES: Residents assail Compton leadership
Voices directed at Mayor Aja Brown, City Council convey anger, frustration; cite lack of leadership in Compton, ‘rubber stamp’ governance COMPTON — Angry residents are sounding off about what they perceive to be a lack of leadership
Voices directed at Mayor Aja Brown, City Council convey anger, frustration; cite lack of leadership in Compton, ‘rubber stamp’ governance
COMPTON — Angry residents are sounding off about what they perceive to be a lack of leadership by Mayor Aja Brown and the City Council to push the City forward. A barrage of harsh letters was sent to the Compton Herald following the publishment, Friday, of a fiery letter critical of the mayor and (LOCAL VOICES: Mayor Aja Brown is ‘dismissive, condescending,’ July 1, 2016) the direction of the City.
Not one of the letters sent reflected positively on the city’s leadership. Herewith are several of the letters:
Khaleilah Trepagnier: “I will be glad when [Aja Brown] is gone. All she does is do photo ops. The city is in the worse shape it’s ever been in; schools raggedy, streets raggedy, we need someone who truly cares about this city.”
Andre Wright: “And you forgot selling the city to the highest bidders. I always say the tail can’t wag unless the head is right. And city employees are being bashed. I see just as the citizens are. Show your city employees they matter they will prove to you they matter.”
Todd Harris: “I wish their heads would bobble up and down to fixing the streets of Compton!”
Searcy Macon: “Kick [Aja Brown] to the curb! I’ve never seen Compton look this bad. It’s sad how these streets look.”
Jessie Champion-Edwards: “Property taxes are definitely too high to not see improvements in the City.”
Heron Carillo: “This is one of the many reasons of why I am going to run for City Council District 1. We need to change the city from within. We need a new progressive agenda. We need to connect our community and unify it into a big community of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Luz Hernandez: “My head bobbles up and down [every time] I exit the 710 Freeway at Alondra Boulevard, the tracks on Willowbrook, and countless other streets.”
Chris Petit: “Of the council members, we only have one who talks tough. One is absent or comes late [and] whines about rumors. Another has a great mind and heart but can’t always articulate clearly what [she] feels. And the other is silent; never asks questions. This is a recipe for disaster — not one is a maverick, activist or renegade that can clearly articulate and speak their mind and go against the grain. Since when has Compton produced so many ‘yes men and women?’ Aren’t we a little tougher than that?