Is Compton preparing to remove Rancho Dominguez from its boundaries

comptonIf Compton does in fact move forward with removing certain territories from its boundaries the wall residents are against for the I-710 expansion could very well become a reality.  In neighboring Inglewood, Metro held community meetings and gave drawings to the residents for how the new rail line would look in the city.  It would later be revealed at a LACMTA board meeting that a 30ft wall will be erected and ultimately divide the city of Inglewood.  Look out Compton, Metro double talks and so do our officials. In short, LAFCO is saying that because Compton is broke, their service area is too big, therefore, the boundaries of Compton must shrink to remain solvent.  Was Omar Bradley RIGHT?  Is Compton being “given” away? 

On July 3, 2013 the City received notice from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) that LAFCO would conduct a hearing on August 14, 2013 to consider the recommendations of a Municipal Service Report (MSR) prepared by LAFCO staff. The MSR recommends that LAFCO significantly reduce the City of Compton’s Sphere of Influence (SOI) by removing the ability of Compton to annex the unincorporated Rancho Dominguez area to the south and significantly reduce by 88% the joint sphere of influence area to the northwest of the City near Rosecrans and Central Ave. The proposed LAFCO recommendations, if adopted will reduce the Compton SOI acreage from 5,257 to 491.

The draft MSR cites several reasons why the LAFCO staff is recommending reducing Compton’s SOI. The principal reasons cited center around Compton‘s fiscal health, the ability to provide quality municipal services and the failure to conduct any annexations of the east Compton unincorporated territories “islands” and surrounding unincorporated territories. There are seven designated annexation areas within and surrounding Compton that currently make up the Compton SOI.

The Draft LAFCO MSR summarized all of its findings and determinations relative to the City of Compton as follows:

1. The City has displayed a lack of interest in pursuing annexations.

2. The City has unstable financial stability at present and the near future.

3. The City has financial auditor difficulties.

4. The City has a questionable ability to provide basic municipal services to its residents.

5. The City has insufficient parkland based on population.

6. The City needs to improve its response to requests for financial information.

Based on the above determinations, LAFCO staff made the following recommendations to the Local Agency Formation Commission for the City of Compton Sphere of Influence (SOI).

5. Remove Area 7 (Rancho Dominguez) from the City of Compton Sphere of Influence. This area is also within the SOIs for the City of Carson and the City of Long Beach. On January 1, 2007, the City of Long Beach filed an application to annex the eastern portion of the territory (Annexation No. 2007-04). On December 27, 2012, the City of Carson filed an application to annex the entire territory (Annexation No. 2011-25). Although it is only a preliminary assessment, staff’s initial review suggests that either Carson or Long Beach could provide services to this territory. Further, it is anticipated that the Commission will consider one or both of these applications within the next 6 to 12 months.

LAFCO is meeting August 14, 2013 to move forward, however, August is a black out month in the City of Compton and no council meetings are held.

Read the full documentation presented at a special council meeting July 30th by clicking here

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I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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