Compton Mayor Aja Brown has publicly declared that the city’s seniors citizens are holding the city back. One of the primary issues dividing the seniors and millenials is their position on cannabis, and the industry is back putting money behind their candidate of choices to unseat incumbents who are against it.
Compton Councilwoman Emma Sharif was the lone vote against cannabis back in 2018 when it was presented to voters.
“The voters in Compton decided this decision was the healthiest and most forward-looking for our community,” said Councilwoman Emma Sharif, who was the lone council member to vote against both items.
Sharif is now in a runoff election for mayor, against Christian Reynaga who is endorsed by Mayor Aja Brown. Brown went on the record during a council meeting calling “raids” on illegal dispensaries as a waste of taxpayer funds because the “city doesn’t make money” from it.
The city is currently listed in a lawsuit for allegedly performing illegal search and seizures of illegal dispensaries, and not providing legally required receipts and inventory of seized merchandise and/or currency.
Reynaga reported a $3850 in-kind donation from “Compton Strong 2021” who also goes by the name Elevate Compton.
City Clerk Alita Godwin publishes campaign contribution forms, for candidates and committees, but falls short of enforcement of when those forms are turned in.
“I am not responsible for enforcement if they aren’t turned in on time, FPPC does,” said Godwin when reached by 2UrbanGirls.
Elevate Compton/Compton Strong has failed to provide campaign statements accounting for over $50,000, but has reported the cannabis industry contributed $10,000 to the fund in the last year.
Aja Brown, Christian Reynaga and Elevate Compton/Compton Strong all share the same campaign treasurer, Gary Crummitt.
Councilman Isaac Galvan also hasn’t turned in campaign finance forms in five years, despite making headlines months after his 2013 election that he wasn’t disclosing where his funds came from.
Galvan is currently intertwined in an FBI investigation related to cannabis, and was alleged to be the funding source behind $21,000 in money orders to candidate Justin Blakely, who unsuccessfully ran against Sharif to represent Council District 4.
Mayor Brown has called the city’s senior citizens the reason behind the lack of advancement in the city, and that it’s time for “new and young” leaders to take over the city.
Seniors don’t want legal dispensaries in the city, while millennials gravitate towards the legal “devils lettuce”.
“Drugs have pillaged black and brown communities,” said James Hays Jr., a 61-year-old community activist who opposed legal pot in Compton. “It has taken all of our talent away from us. It makes our neighborhoods bad neighborhoods to live in.”
This article isn’t to demonize the cannabis industry, but to give voters a clear understanding that cannabis companies, and their agents, are trying to legalize dispensaries in the city.
Reynaga has refused to answer questions regarding his position on legalizing cannabis dispensaries in Compton city limits.
Residents should demand an answer.
More importantly, is there an unknown cannabis connection between Isaac Galvan and Aja Brown?