Typically, the State of the City (SOTC), is put on by the city’s Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the STOC is to present the positives of doing business in said city, promote successful businesses and encourage new and/or existing business owners, to do business with the city. This year, the City of Compton will host their first SOTC and the Compton Chamber of Commerce is not hosting it. Like the public, their members have to either pay to attend or sit across town at the college, to watch for free. Thanks to Compton residents, 2 Urban Girls has discovered a nonprofit is hosting the SOTC, one that is attached to Mayor Aja Brown and her husband, Van.
The SOTC also serves as a fundraising activity, for the chamber, to conduct marketing and outreach to existing and prospective businesses.
Those lucky enough to get an invite to the SOTC have provided 2 Urban Girls with a copy of the invitation, which clearly states “invite only”. The invitation also says “the mayor will expound on her vision for the city”. Doesn’t sound like a SOTC but more like a personal fundraiser for the mayor.
When reached for comment, Mayor Brown told 2 Urban Girls, the funds raised would go to programs for the city’s children.
Residents want to hear about the safety, crime rate, business climate and what has been implemented from her initial vision, that she campaigned on. Expounding on her vision, as stated in the invitation, gives the impression nothing significant has occured under her leadership, since being elected in 2013.
Sponsors, chamber members and the general public, have been asked to make checks payable to “Urban Vision CDC” aka “Urban Vision Community Development Corporation”. It appears to be a joint state of the city, as the official city seal and a manipulated seal are both on the invitations.
The mayor’s Linkedin page lists her as the principal of Urban Vision CDC and records, verified through the CA Secretary of State, show Van Brown, is the person of record for Urban Vision CDC.
Although this could be perfectly legal, for the mayor to do, the residents of the City of Compton are already paying her salary, now they have to donate to her and her husband to hear her expounded vision for the city?
Visit http://visionforcompton.org/ for more details.