Compton non-profits don’t have access to community center



The city of Compton held a regular city council meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in council chambers.  The meeting revealed non-profits don’t have access to reserve the Dollarhide Community Center and council passes resolutions, with high dollar amounts attached, with no accountability from the organizations receiving those funds.

Ms. Farley came forward to discuss issues her organization had with reserving the Dollarhide Community Center.  Her program provides restorative justice services and also addresses sex trafficking in the city of Compton.  The organization wanted to hold an event in the community center, but found there was no clear application process to reserve the center.

Residents recall last July that a nonprofit attached to the mayor, had full use of the community center, to hold the annual state of the city, which benefited the same nonprofit.

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Regular council meeting attendee, Lynn Boone, spoke about several resolutions approved by city council, that have not been brought back to the council for updates.  Specifically, resolutions 2247, 23995 and 24161.

Resolution 23995 was approved 6/9/2015, which allocated $450,000 to pickup dead animals.  To date, no report has been provided to the city, detailing that work.

Resolution 24161 was also approved 6/9/2015, which addressed the city committing to replace 11,000 street lights and signage, due to an upgrade project completed by Southern California Edison (SCE).

Cities throughout the South Bay have a combination of SCE and city owned street lights in their jurisdiction.  SCE replaced 22,000 street lights, yet some don’t have signage.  Apparently they were not compliant with city of Compton specifications.  The city took the responsibility of paying to replace the 11,000 that belong to them.  To date, those lights have not been upgraded.  They are the old brown, wood looking light poles.  No time limit was given on when the city’s project would begin and be completed.

If the city isn’t completing or monitoring money they are awarding, how would residents trust them to monitor spending of the proposed increase sales tax revenue?

Sheriff deputies appeared at last weeks city council meeting requesting donations for freeway signage donations, to commemorate three Compton sheriff deputies, killed in the line of duty.

Councilwoman Janna Zurita thanked real estate development company, Prism, for donating $10,000 for the signange.  Apparently her and councilwoman McCoy coincidentally ran into the owner of Prism and asked for the donation, and he agreed on the spot.  Zurita remarked “I don’t know what prompted me to ask them.”  Then she mentioned Asm. Mike Gipson in the same breath.



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