Does a conflict of interest exist, when taxpayers are paying for the facility and staff, to host events for their mayors nonprofit? As Compton Mayor Aja Brown prepares to address the rising crime, issues surrounding public safety and modified emergency services, at the late night event, questions have arisen as to who has rented the Community Center to host it. A Public Records request reveals, no formal agreement exists between the city and the nonprofit, who is charging admission of $100 per person. Although residents have front loaded the costs, they have to watch at the community college, or pay to attend, to reimburse themselves.
As previously reported, the mayor and her husbands nonprofit, Urban Vision CDC, are benefitting from the sponsorship and ticket sales, yet they haven’t paid for the right to use the facility.
During the regular city council meeting held, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Mayor Aja Brown shared publicly, the city rented the room, at no cost to the nonprofit for the event.
Attempts to reach the newly hired public information officer were unsuccessful, given all recently issued media advisories and press releases, don’t give a contact persons name/number/email. The city clerk’s office was contacted, via a public records request, to obtain that information and no contract exists for those services either. Residents suspect it is a local blogger.
Fellow council members, speaking on condition of anonymity, are concerned that the mayor is making decision, without their consent and/or knowledge.
Residents have shared a recent phone survey is taking place, where the mayor is asking: how do residents feel about her performance, thoughts on passing a new tax and should she be allowed to take over the Compton Unified School District, by having hiring and firing authority, over the superintendent. Ay dios mio.