CARSON, Calif. – Carson residents continue to ponder why the person they elected as their City Clerk resigned less than 24 hours after being sworn in. There is growing concern the resignation was “staged” for political reasons.
Myla Rahman, won the Nov. 2 election and released a statement on the matter in an early morning social media post.
I realize there are many questions about my decision to step down as Carson City Clerk after being sworn in. When I decided to run for office, I was excited and humbled to serve the residents of Carson and when I was successful, I was honored to be selected.
However, at the end of the campaign my circumstances changed, and God’s plan trumped my plan! I found myself in a personal situation that made it impossible for me to carry out the duties of the job, residents had entrusted me to do.Myla Rahman
Councilman Jawane Hilton was listed as a supporter of Rahman, financially contributed to her campaign, and was present at her Nov. 2 victory party, but claims to have no idea why she stepped down.
Hilton was also the one who “threw out” the name Khaleah Bradshaw to succeed Rahman, with Davis-Holmes seconding the appointment.
“I threw the name out there and was surprised the council supported the decision,” Hilton told 2UrbanGirls.
But where did her name come from?
We asked Hilton if the council received interest from potential applicants to be appointed to the city clerk position as they did for the seat made vacant by Lula Davis-Holmes after she was elected mayor.
“No, we did not receive applications for those seeking to be appointed city clerk,” confirmed Hilton.
Public records requests were initiated to ascertain if Bradshaw has ever shown interest in being a member of the city council by way of an application process.
What we do know is Bradshaw works for Cal State Dominguez Hills in their government relations department.
Hilton was asked why they would appoint someone with a full-time job.
“I guess she’s going to leave that position,” said Hilton.
Finance records show “Jawane Hilton for Carson City Council 2024” was one of Rahman’s biggest contributors to, which included funds for a lease on office space, and an “in kind” donation made through a third party. Hilton also paid for office space he shared with Murdock in 2020.
Jerome Horton has become an integral component of the political scene as an alleged lobbyist for the cannabis industry, who pumped thousands of dollars into the Carson election towards many of the candidates, including Davis-Holmes, Cedric Hicks, and Brandi Murdock.
Horton’s campaign finance reports for “Horton for Senate 2022” details he has spent big money in the cities of Gardena and Inglewood for their local elections too.Horton spent over $40,000 into the election of Paulette Francis for Gardena city council, and $11,000 into the 2020 campaign of Aisha Thompson for Inglewood city clerk after his wife strategically dropped out the race.
Yvonne Horton’s campaign account balance Jan. 1, 2020, was $181.61. She then reported receiving $20,000 from her husband’s senate campaign, but Deane & Company, the treasurer for the Horton’s, never recorded the $20,000 leaving “Horton for Senate 2022“.
Horton then recorded a nearly $20,000 refund from his wife Aug. 4, 2020.
Was this a cash transaction?
In November 2020, it was announced that Cal State Dominguez received a multi-million dollar grant to “study” the regional impact of cannabis, particularly in the South Bay.
The region could soon find out after Carson’s Cal State Dominguez Hills received a $1.8 million, two-year state grant to study the costs and benefits of the cannabis industry in several diverse communities the university serves.
Those include Torrance, Hawthorne, Carson, Inglewood and Lawndale in the South Bay, as well as Long Beach, Compton, the unincorporated county community of Willowbrook and the L.A city neighborhood Watts.Daily Breeze
Many of the financial contributors to Rahman’s campaign are elected officials from Compton, Gardena, Inglewood and Lawndale.
Horton was a huge supporter of the cannabis industry while he served as a member of the Board of Equalization.In 2015, Horton hosted a series of Town Halls to facilitate compliance by the medical cannabis industry around the same time BOE approved those business owners to pay their tax liability to the California State Board of Equalization in cash.
Is the cannabis industry paying Horton to get their preferred candidates elected to office, to corner the market once the study is complete?
Is it a coincidence the city manager is placed on leave and the HR director is fired days after Rahman’s resignation?