Mounting voices demand Compton mayor, council recall
Compton citizens should know where precisely to ascribe blame to the city’s fiscal woes
Chorus of angry voices decry reckless ‘criminal’ handling of city finances; Compton mayor, council share blame for mismanagement
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average driver in California spends more than $700 per year on vehicle repairs, such as front-end realignments or replacing damaged shocks or tires, caused by poor road conditions. Californians on fixed and low-incomes are hit hardest by the cost of these unanticipated repairs.
NHTSA says our crumbling roads also carry a human cost. California’s poor roadways were a contributing factor in more than half of the roadway fatalities in California in 2016. Simply put, better roads mean safer roads and according to an American Road & Transportation Builders study.
This certainly applies to Compton.
Compton has the worst roads in the South Los Angeles County region — perhaps the state with innumerable potholes that have only enlarged overtime with continued traffic. Mayor Aja Brown ran for the office in 2013 on a campaign promise to repair the cratered thoroughfares.
That has not fully occurred. Compton residents want to know why.
It has not been for lack of funds. The money has been there to repair the roads. Apart from petty squabbling between councilmembers and the mayor on the bidding process for contractors to do the work, there appears to be an enormous misappropriation of funds in the City. The money earmarked for road and pothole repair may no longer be available.
Adjoining cities Lynwood, Paramount, Carson, Gardena, Long Beach, and Inglewood do not have deplorable streets like Compton. And Compton did not always have deteriorating streets, either. The crumbling began around 2000 and have worsened since.
The mayoral administrations under Omar Bradley, Eric Perrodin, and now Brown have all failed to re-paved the streets of Compton. We don’t mean band-aid gravel spot repair, either — that deteriorates as soon as heavy rains fall — but we’re referring to concrete pavement restoration.
We’re not referring only to the mayors, as we’ve already mentioned, but squabbling between the mayor and councilpersons has accounted for the streets remaining in disrepair. They cannot seem to come together for the benefit of the tax-paying citizens.
The Compton Herald will again underscore which city officials are to blame. It goes to future elections and who should get the boot by voters. Mayor Brown, and councilmembers Janna Zurita (District 1), Isaac Galvan (District 2), Tana McCoy (District 3), and Emma Sharif (District 4).
We reiterate that City Manager Cecil W. Rhambo, Jr., and Controller Rafaela King get a pass, even though they are not placed in their role by the ballot, but Compton citizens should know where precisely to ascribe blame to the city’s fiscal woes.
The mayor and council cannot be impeached, but they can be recalled or otherwise fired at the ballot box for reckless — some decry criminal — mismanagement of city resources.