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Compton Elections: Has Mayor Aja Brown risen to the challenge

Compton Mayor Aja Brown is headed for a runoff with former Mayor Omar Bradley.  An old endorsement from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas discusses why he supported her in the 2013 race and Compton residents are asking themselves, “has she risen to the occasion?”

Every once in awhile a leader comes along that has enough courage, determination and ideas to challenge the existing order and bring real change and progress to a community.

Aja Brown, candidate for Mayor of Compton, is that kind of leader.

I support Aja, and here is why you should too;

Aja is a new force on the political scene, but that is just what Compton needs.  Her experience as an urban planner and willingness to offer specific plans to address Compton’s longstanding problems are what sets her apart from her opposition.

For more information about Aja and how you can get involved with her campaign, visit VisionforCompton.org.  On her site you will find her specific plans for Compton that address crime reduction, youth development, economic development and reform.  All of these programs will lead to what she calls “rebranding Compton.”  In order to attract more businesses and improve the community this is just what needs to happen.

Has Mayor Aja Brown set the course to “rebrand” Compton?

Under her list of accomplishments, on the Relect Aja Brown website, 2 Urban Girls is concerned about some of what is listed:

1) The 2014 Summer Leadership Experience.  Past employees have shared both publicly and privately the issues with the program.  Compton Unified refused to award work permits so instead of students being paid, they received backpacks and electronics.

2) The Compton EMPOWERED Gang Intervention Initiative.  The Gang Intervention did produce the lowest numbers of murders in 2015 and when the funding dried up, murders nearly tripled in 2016.  Does the mayor’s plan include applying for future GRYD funding?

3) Union support.  2 Urban Girls is also shocked by every union endorsing the mayor despite no new construction happening and her and Councilmember Isaac Galvan’s support for Walmart and their non-union jobs.  No city employees have been laid off under the mayor, that we are aware of.

*update 4/29/2017*

Employees providing ambulatory services were paid off and the city failed to file a key application with LA County to provide continued services to Compton residents.

4) $3.7 million missing.  Nearly a million dollars were stolen under her watch from the city treasurer’s office.  Employees should be VERY concerned about this.  Looming pension costs, rising medical premiums, raises can’t be paid for if tighter controls aren’t in place.  Has the mayor proposed any?

Many residents are ecstatic by the calm and poised manner the mayor displays, while supporters of her opponent continue to throw blows below the belt.  It is because of how she carries herself, through these challenges, that make her supporters more supportive and eager to re-elect her.  Will she be victorious in the runoff?

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, June 6th.

 


2 Responses so far.

  1. This article resurrecting county Supervisor’s Mark-Ridley Thomas and his 2013 endorsement of Aja Brown misses one essential ingredient for her success–experience. It is one thing for us all to fantasize about what Compton can be; it is yet another to have the skillset to take it from book-learning to making it happen. The city has hardly changed or progressed and four years later the only thing re-branded in Compton is Aja Brown. Aja has elevated her name by associating herself with our city’s name and our celebrities, yet she has zero in common with real Comptonites. Ridley’s endorsement points out she is an “experienced” urban planner with “specific” plans. No, she has a degree and no experience as a civic leader moving projects forward. Her predecessor former Mayor Perrodin actually drafted a 2030 plan full of specifics, in conjunction with the wishes of the people, detailing future plans for the city. So, Ridley was speaking in error not once, but twice. Aja Brown keeps speaking of a “vision” but besides her “12-points of political generalities” and wish list, no one in Compton has seen her written plan. What exactly is Aja Brown’s vision given we now know of her push to bring the marijuana industry to Compton. Does anyone really know beyond the rhetoric. Crime is up and when down was not because of Aja. Youth programs are a front for her non-profits many believe. She has not rooted out corruption; a staff member stumbled into on-going corruption that she now takes credit for identifying. And as to her opponents “continuing to throw blows below the belt,” why is this characterization so inaccurate and reversed? Her opponents openly talk about how “below the belt” Aja Brown’s campaign has been, the dirtiest of them all. Street signs of her opponents were pulled down all over the city. She released a scathing falsehood-laced video called the “Bradley-Zurita” crime family. Though aware Omar Bradley cleared of all charges, she harped incessantly negatively, while dirt-laced flyers and articles found themselves distributed around the city on Hayes and Bradley on old charges. She smiles but then lies to the people incessantly, her campaign materials full of lies, so I will take a little less poise, and a lot more truth from my politicians. Everything glitters is not gold.

  2. Anonymous says:

    10 employees ambulance operators were laid off from the city of Compton ….


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