The Compton City Council agenda for Tuesday, February 26, 2019, includes a request from Dr. Lestean Johnson to use the council chambers for a candidates forum. Every election candidates forums are held in city council chambers as a neutral place for all candidates. The item lists a “reconsideration” by Councilman Isaac Galvan to move the venue under to the Dollarhide Senior Center, which is now under control of a current councilwoman’s sister.
2UrbanGirls received a memo, presumably written by City Manager Cecil Rhambo to City Clerk Alita Godwin, stating Galvan wants to move the venue to Dollarhide and hire an outside consultant to oversee the election.
Public Records Requests were submitted to the Compton City Clerk’s office in regards to a new position bestowed on Satra Zurita. The city clerk was unable to provide information on whether the position was open to the public or if interviews took place. According to Rhambo’s memo, City Clerk Alita Godwin will be unavailable for an unspecified amount of time.
It is no secret that the Zurita’s are concerned that Janna will not be re-elected and are doing everything in their power to avoid her being removed from her seat. It also reveals that Rhambo may lack the ethics and integrity one would expect of a former member of law enforcement.
One of Zurita’s opponents, Michelle Chambers, is highly respected in the community for the work she does as a member of Asm. Mike Gipson’s office. Since announcing her candidacy, the Zurita’s have used their influence to have Rhambo send nasty letters to her employer and have residents follow her throughout Los Angeles County.
Members of the community complain daily about the conditions of the city, specifically in Zurita’s district, yet make excuses for her at times childish behavior. They appreciate that she is “home grown” and was “raised” in Compton. Let’s look at what “homegrown” candidates have done for Compton.
The city has racked up a multi million dollar deficit under “homegrown” elected officials. $4 million dollars walked out of the “homegrown” city treasurers office. Thousands of dollars in legal fees are owed by a former “homegrown” councilwoman. “Homegrown” elected officials voted to gauge taxpayers through illegal salaries. A “homegrown” elected official was jailed for extortion while another “homegrown” Compton Congressman was jailed for bribery and tax evasion. Finally, “homegrown” elected officials voted to misappropriate city funds.
Compton residents deserve better than what these “homegrown” folks have to offer.