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Reflections of Mayor Eric Perrodin’s Tenure

imagesThe City of Compton held their final tally of the absentee and vote by mail ballots yesterday and announced that Omar Bradley and Aja Brown are certified for runoff election on June 4th and Eric Perrodin will no longer be Mayor.

Eric Perrodin made history back in 2009 as the first three-time elected official in the cities more than 100 year history.  He joins a list of  Comptonites who made history in the city.  Beloved former Mayor Douglas Dollarhide was the first black mayor of Compton and simultaneously the first black mayor in the State of California.  Ms. Doris Davis, who was not only the first female mayor of the city, she was the first black female mayor in the United States back in the 70’s.  So you see, Compton is home to some history making individuals who are not sports stars.

Douglas Dollarhide (undated photo)

Douglas Dollarhide (undated photo)

Public service is one of the hardest jobs to hold, especially in the glare of the public eye once you take public office.  You become the property of the people in a sense.  Your every move, vote and statements are torn apart searching for ways to either praise or discredit you.  To withstand in a climate where you consistently face challengers who feel they can do the job better than you, only to reach office and find it is not as easy as one would think.  To consistently garner the votes of the residents is another challenge.  Those who read media that may choose to only highlight some candidates over others, need to hear from all candidates to make better decisions.  Many times the media will reach out to candidates, and if they feel you don’t hold high enough recognition then you are not worthy of being responded to.  On the flip side, it is more imperative for candidates to reach out to non traditional media outlets for everyone sits at a desk and performs  google searches of candidates, and based on what they read is surely how they will vote.

Doris Davis

Doris Davis

Eric has brought the city a much-needed upgrade to the downtown core with the new MLK transit center, the opening of Burlington Coat Factory, Fallas Paredes came aboard.  Hopefully a buffet can be installed at the former Hollywood Video store for everyone can’t afford TGI Fridays.  We see new housing with the Alameda Courts and Willow Walk projects completed and at full capacity of homeowners and renters.  Most prominently we see the former eye sore of a former auto dealer bloom into the thriving Gateway Towne Center,  where we can shop in stores we would normally have to drive to Downey, Gardena or Long Beach to enjoy.  We still have a way to go.  We need entertainment venues back in the city.  We need green, open park space in some of the empty city owned lots.  We need community gardens so we can grow our own food and trade with our residents.

Eric Perrodin

Eric Perrodin

I say thank you for your 20+ years of service to the City of Compton residents.  I say thank you for Birthing a New Compton.  Thank you for giving your time so freely, even when your actions were not well received.  You remained committed to fighting the good fight and more importantly you remained committed to your beliefs.  You have created a solid foundation that will help Compton continue to grow.  I hope you continue to be involved with the city after your official capacity has ended.  We don’t know what’s next on the horizon for you, but pat yourself on the back for your historic contribution to the Hub!


2 Responses so far.

  1. T says:

    Propaganda. Perrodin cares about one thing and one thing only: himself!

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