2UrbanGirls has reached out to the challengers for the Compton District 1 council seat and the only one to have returned our questionnaire was Michelle Chambers.
What should Compton residents know about you and why you are running for District 1 councilperson.
Residents should know that I have been serving and providing them with services and resources for almost 10 years. Formally, I served as the Field Representative for the City of Compton under the leadership of Congresswoman Janice Hahn and as their Senior Field Deputy for the California State Assembly. I have over 27 years of public service experience in all levels of government, a former union member and representative and have provided tangible life sustainable resources for the residents in the City of Compton. While I am not born and raised in Compton, I LOVE my city and will prove my respect and adoration by my leadership and commitment to serve.
I am running for City Council in District 1 to remove the stagnated process to move policies and services forward our residents have been patiently waiting for. The conditions of our roads are UNACCEPTABLE. The mismanagement of finances are UNACCEPTABLE. The lack of public safety, employment, homeless services are UNACCEPTABLE. My experience, access to resources and respected relationships with other government entities, affords me access to funding opportunities, access to partnerships and access to resources required to move this city forward. The residents of the City of Compton deserve better and under my leadership, they will finally be provided the services and representation they deserve.
What motivated you to run for this seat?
The residents of District 1 wants change, experienced and respectful leadership motivated me to run for this seat. As their Field Representative for other elected officials, they observed my passion to serve. I was dependable and reliable, I provided services, displayed professionalism and was empathetic to their needs and concerns. They PERSONALLY sought me out to represent them in District 1. After prayer and family consultation, I accepted this journey which further displays my passion for public service and serving the residents in the City of Compton.
What issues are most important in your District AND the city overall?
The most important issues in my district and the City of Compton are POTHOLES, lack of employment opportunities, illegal dumping, graffiti, dark streets, small business opportunities, public safety issues, homelessness and economic development.
As an employee of the State Assembly’s office, which projects have you worked on that specifically helped Compton residents?
On June 24, 2015, the Governor signed into law a traffic amnesty program to help people with unpaid tickets and suspended driver’s licenses. Those with suspended drivers licenses could apply for amnesty and with $25 down and payment arrangements, their suspended driving privileges would be lifted.
I spearheaded an event in partnership with Compton Career Link, GC Services, and CA Dept. of Motor Vehicles and held a one stop shop event where constituents were able to apply for amnesty, lift suspensions, purge old DMV strikes and majority of the participants had their privileges restored that day. This event was the only event held of this caliber in the State of California and over 1500 served, including Compton City employees.
I spearheaded a Child Support Service Day in partnership with LA County Child Support Division. This event offered payment plans with restoration of driving privileges, custodial parents were able to file for child support and also provided employment and health resources.
I provided funding resources and opportunities for Compton’s Farmers Market, funding opportunities for infrastructure and lighting and employment opportunities for transitional aged youth, those returning from correctional facilities and victims of sex trafficking.
I was the only Field Representative to accept the challenge to spearhead ACR 178 dedicated to the fallen offices of the Compton Police Department. This resolution designated a specified portion of State Highway Route 710 in the County of Los Angeles as the Kevin Michael Burrell and James Wayne MacDonald Memorial Highway and also designated a specified overcrossing, which spans State Highway Route 710 in the County of Los Angeles, as the Dess K. Phipps Memorial Overcrossing.
During the invasion of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in our communities, I made sure our undocumented residents were informed, safe and protected. I volunteered for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) to reach out to our undocumented residents, worked with local school districts and faith based organizations to assure them of their safety, their rights and how to seek refuge in threatening and fearful cases.
Finally, what should residents expect from you if you are elected?
If I am elected, residents WILL have a RESPECTFUL, EXPERIENCED, HONEST, COMMITTED, EMPATHITIC, DEDICATED AND ACCESSIBLE REPRESENTATIVE. I commit to securing services and resources beneficial for all residents in the City of Compton. I commit to working with our State Auditor on resolving our fiscal crisis and I commit to EVERY resident within the City of Compton that you will have a city you will and can be proudER of, a leader who will work for YOU, and continue to make the City of Compton a safe place to live, work and play.