Compton residents will decide on a handful of important ballot measures in today’s election.
Compton Measure ED seeks to extend the terms of some of the current council members’ terms by aligning elections with the state and removing the primary election altogether.
The biggest impact this change will have will be on the city attorney’s seat considering he was appointed to fill the term after the abrupt resignation of former city attorney Damon Brown, and would need to campaign when his current term ends in 2023.
Compton Measure AM seeks to have the number of council meetings reduced from four to two. Reducing the number of meetings wouldn’t affect the councilmember’s monthly $600 payment or make a significant difference in City operations.
Residents also have to decide whether to support the LA County ballot Measure A to allow the board of supervisors to remove the elected Sheriff and whether to return current Sheriff Alex Villanueva for a second term.
Finally, residents will decide whether they want to pledge another $350 million bond to Compton Unified School District under Measure AAA.
Residents voted to give the district $350 million under Measure S, a Prop 39 bond, in 2015 to rebuild Compton High School.
Proposition 39 required a 55% supermajority for approval; Measure S narrowly passed with 55.94%.
Compton High was demolished in late 2021 and the groundbreaking ceremony was held last May.
The current bond request is to modernize “classrooms, performing arts centers, technology centers, and athletic complexes”.
Residents’ comments around social media appear adamant to reject the measure but that remains to be seen.
Residents will also vote for three members of the Compton College board.
Compton has a total of 44,867 registered voters with 15,367 voting permanently by mail.
According to Dean Logan only 2,287 ballots have been returned so far as of Oct. 28.