Compton councilwoman disrespects resident at last council meeting


There appears to be no love lost between the Compton councilwoman for the third district, Yvonne Arceneaux and an outspoken community member.  The disrespect displayed during the councilwoman’s last public meeting was quite distasteful.

Joyce Kelly is a long time resident of Compton and a regular fixture at city council meetings.  As she stepped to the mic and began to speak, a back and forth ensued between her and Ms. Arceneaux.  You can hear other council members chiming in and laughing at the exchange.  The heckling on the dais continued as the next resident came up to speak during public comment.

It’s really disheartening to watch the council disrespect the people they serve.  The community wonders why would Ms. Arceneaux run for re-election, just to retire two years later?  The community wonders if she was forced to resign?

Ms. Arceneaux stated, “…i didn’t expect this to be my last meeting but it is…”

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This is the same council woman who (allegedly) verbally attacked another long time community member, Lynne Boone, in the council chambers vestibule, alongside her husband.

You can watch this shameful exchange by  clicking here and start at the 8:06 mark.

On a side note, all of Ms. Arceneaux’s colleagues congratulated her and the city treasurer remarked he too has served alongside her since 1993.  Has he finished his accounting degree yet?


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6 Responses so far.

  1. Jo Morales says:

    I’ve seen Ms. Arceanux get mad. If you haven’t seen it, then you haven’t seen it. She does have a bit of a temper …..If she wanted to waste her last public appearance as a councilperson “Telling off” Ms. Kelly, then that is added to her legacy I guess. OH WELL. She’s had the last however many years to walk to Ms. Kelly’s house (And yes, it’s walking distance) and tell her whatever she wished. Onward and hopefully upward..

  2. This is a man's world says:

    Watched the video and observed Councilwoman Arceneaux over the years. She is a class act and I think she just fed up with being attacked for all these years. Can you blame her for taking up for herself? People are tired of the circus act. You can address people without attacking and Kelly attacked first “your ears were really burning by being here” then called her ignorant and said she was going to the “big house.” Joyce harasses folks on the dais for years. James Brown the hater please sit down!! Boone acted civil and showed respect and humbled herself. Then they both acted like grown women and called it a truce. Way to go!! This woman served for 22 years show some respect please!! God bless you Mrs. Arceaneaux!!

  3. Robert Ray says:

    I was a witness to that outburst and was really surprised to see her go out that way. Elected officials are supposed to have ‘thick skin’ and take criticism without responding in the manner that Mrs. Arceneaux did. While I did not always agree with her voting history as a councilperson, I do respect her longevity on the council.

  4. Joyce Kelly says:

    I said nothing to Councilwoman Arceneaux that I had never said before! She was really out of control, as if she had a heavy monkey on her back! When she realized she was disrespecting (me) the very person who had asked constantly for 10 years that the elected officials respect the residents who pay them, she pretended to cry! She knew I’m not the one who takes lightly to them violating the Ralph M Brown Act, as I constantly remind them. She knows I won a lawsuit against the deputy district attorney/mayor. She knows I value the laws that governs me! She can hold her breath, and she can realize her mistakes and greed!

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