At yesterday’s regular city council meeting, the Compton city council narrowed down the list of potential candidates, to be considered for appointment, to three. The vacancy was created due to the resignation of Yvonne Arceneaux. All candidates have strong ties to the city.
Councilmember Janna Zurita nominated Tana McCoy. She is a current city employee and holds the distinction of having testified against former council members, convicted of improprieties.
Councilmember Isaac Galvan nominated Tomas Carlos. He is a strong community advocate very informed on issues and has name recognition in the district.
Councilmember Emma Shariff nominated Marenda Hughes Taylor. She has previously worked for Sen. Isadore Hall in both his Senate and Assembly office and is no stranger to the inner workings of the city of Compton political structure. On the other hand, Marenda wasn’t a candidate in the last election, so many wonder if her being up for consideration is a mere ploy to keep the seat “black”? Residents are also loudly pondering why councilwoman Zurita didn’t nominate Marenda, after hiring her on her re-election campaign?
The decision will be finalized tonight at a special city council meeting that will begin at 5:30pm. We are hopeful another Latino would be selected especially since they represent a good portion of the 3rd district.