City of Compton voters will go to the polls on April 20 to cast votes for mayor, clerk, treasurer and council districts 2 and 3. Incumbents face an uphill battle to address the city’s deficit, which has tripled in size since Mayor Aja Brown took office in 2013, reduction of city services due in part to mismanagement of city funds and the COVID-19 global pandemic and the public breakdown of the relationship between the city and the Sheriff’s department, who provides contracted law enforcement services to the city’s nearly 100,000 residents.
There is no shortage of candidates vying for the above elected positions, however, the common theme of their messaging centers around non-controversial campaign rhetoric of “accountability, transparency, and unity”. What no one is willing to discuss is how to address the deficit and restoring a relationship with Sheriff Alex Villanueva after Brown publicly accused his officers of “terrorizing” the residents. The inconvenient truth is the residents are terrorizing the community with the uptick in shootings and murders that have taken place since the start of the year.
Residents pondered on social media about whether the mayor will address the uptick in murders.
Prayer circles and media coverage doesn’t solve the problem. A solid relationship between the community and law enforcement does. The city has taken the first steps by creating a Law Enforcement Review Board which quite frankly works when the members are genuinely concerned with addressing the issues and not posturing for political favor with those who appointed them. There are no links to the review boards members, agendas, minutes, or meeting schedule on the city’s website.
The only member of the current council, with a working relationship with Sheriff Villanueva, is District 2 Councilman Isaac Galvan.
In comparison, the city of Inglewood had a Citizen Police Oversight Commission which was led by Councilman Alex Padilla (an ally of Mayor James T. Butts Jr.) and included the mayor’s former girlfriend, Melanie McDade, who is now suing him for sexual harassment and stalking her. The commission didn’t meet for upwards of three years and got nothing accomplished. Then the commission mysteriously disappeared and all reference to it was scrubbed from the city’s website. That can’t continue to be the norm.
2UrbanGirls has reviewed the list of candidates and have selected our top 3, if you will, for each office. Our selections are based on our familiarity with their contributions to the city of Compton, over the last decade, and their being long-time VERIFIED residents of the city. Accomplishments are not narrow in focus to serving in office, but the projects they’ve worked on, with other elected officials and community organizations that they have volunteered their time and efforts to make Compton a better city to invest in and either raise your family or start a business.
Candidates will need to answer the “tough questions” that are the most significant issue for ANY city: its financial solvency and their ability to keep residents safe. 2UrbanGirls believes that with new leadership, in the mayor’s seat, that the council can actually get work done for the betterment of the community and not for the benefit of one person.