The city of Compton ranks #1 as top city facing fiscal challenges. The asterisk by their name indicates the auditors determined Compton has high fiscal risk due to the lack of transparency over its finances. The state’s assessment comes at a time as the council is entertaining re-establishing a city credit card that was abused, and while the current fiscal years budget is $34 million dollars short.
The city of Compton regularly contracts with auditors who fail to provide an opinion on the state of the city’s finances.
Several state audits found mismanagement of taxpayer money, streets remain in a disarray all while Mayor Aja Brown continues to promote herself as a savior of the city in the media.
Co-branded events featuring the city seal and the mayor’s non-profit include “Community Convos”, sit downs with presidential candidates, and being a guest speaker at faith based events, all appear to take precedence over getting the city’s financial outlook in better standing.
Unfortunately, City Manager Craig Cornwell finds himself in a precarious position as an accomplice who is assisting with the continue downward spiral of the finances.
Until the residents see through this mayor’s charade, their city will ultimately become insolvent and revert to the control of LA County.
This “new season in Compton” is a stale remake of Groundhogs Day.
The year was 2013 and the city finances were out of control and the city was $44 million in the hole. News crews hounded then Mayor Eric Perrodin and his administration and many of them were forced out. Then came Aja Brown to get the city back on track. She has failed.
Is her time up? The proof is in the finances, or in Compton’s case, the lack thereof.