Compton Mayor Aja Brown will leave office the last day of June and is set on ushering in her protege into the mayor’s seat to succeed her. According to campaign filings of mayoral candidate Christian Reynaga, received $3850 from an in-kind contribution from Compton Strong, formerly known as Elevate Compton, whose major funding source is the cannabis industry.
For the 2018 filing period, from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, Compton Strong, which was then known as Elevate Compton, closed with an ending cash balance of $38.21. There was also an outstanding loan to Van Brown.
By June 30, 2019, the fund received contributions totaling $12,010, from three sources: Fiesta Taxi contributed $2000, Eaze Solutions Inc. contributed $5000 and Eaze Technologies Inc. also gave $5000.
Eaze’s website indicate they are in the cannabis industry.
Eaze appears to be funding a campaign to bring about a pro cannabis council. Compton Strong/Elevate Compton has used the funds to pay several community members, who are endorsing Reynaga for mayor.
Community members, and a current council candidate, financially benefited from payments made from Elevate Compton, which helped defeat former Councilwoman Janna Zurita to elect Michelle Chambers to represent District 1. Reynaga was also paid from these funds back in 2016.
Other contributors to Compton Strong/Elevate Compton are the Compton Education Association and members of the community at-large.
If Aja Brown is successful in getting Reynaga, and Spicer elected to the city council, will cannabis be back on a forthcoming agenda to legalize?