Will the Compton City Attorney need his own lawyer? Compton City Attorney Craig Cornwell has advised the mayor and council that they can begin spending proceeds from the recent passage of Measure P but his latest advice contradicts his impartial analysis he provided voters.
In an issue that made national headlines, the current administration was accused of inflating their salaries. Cornwell argued to the District Attorney’s office that Compton is a charter city and the charter didn’t say that certain commission seats came with a stipend/salary and since it didn’t, he advised council they could continue with the payments.
After a lengthy meeting, and with the threat of criminal prosecution for doing so, Cornwell then reversed himself and directed the council to reduce their monthly pay back to $600 per month.
Cornwell held community outreach meetings on Measure P and what a “yes” vote on the ordinance would entail. One crucial component, which ensured the measures passing, was the creation of the “Compton Taxpayers Committee”.
Here is an excerpt from Cornwell’s “impartial analysis” as found on Ballotpedia:
The tax is subject to an independent annual financial audit that will review whether the tax is collected, managed and expended in accordance with the requirements of the proposed ordinance. In addition, the sales tax ordinance requires the City Council to establish an independent Compton Taxpayers Committee to review the expenditure of the revenues raised by the proposed tax.
Keyword of the language is the ordinance “REQUIRES” that the committee be formed by council, it isn’t optional.
During the regular city council meeting held April 26th, the Compton Bulletin reports the following comments made by the city attorney in regards to spending proceeds from Measure P.
“Now the city may also say, as a business practice, we don’t wanna spend the proceeds…If the question to me is ‘is there a legal impediment to spending Measure P funds,’ my answer as City Attorney is no.”
2 Urban Girls contacted City Attorney Cornwell on June 20th asking if the committee has been formed, as required by the ordinance and his impartial analysis.
2 Urban Girls has not received a response from either his office and/or the City Clerk’s office who would have record of those the council appointed.
Ya girls also caught wind of another possible recall heading to the Hub City. Target date? When council goes dark.