City of Compton elections are over and after final count of provisional ballots on June 10, 2015, there will be an official declaration of city council officials. One particular candidate, incumbent Janna Zurita, benefitted from having an influx of campaign contributions. She was able to secure two offices and front page coverage on a local newspaper. This wouldn’t be so troubling if the publisher still didn’t have outstanding debt to the city.
Danny Bakewell is a prominent holder of real estate in the City of Compton. He is believed to still have interests in the property that houses the soon to be closing Ralph’s grocery store and also is still believed to own the property directly across the street.
The property houses Burlington Coat Factory which opened to the relief of the many unemployed residents, after its owner secured additional city funds to make it habitable.
News magazine SOCAL Connected did a timely investigation into city finances, during the 2011 election, which made it public knowledge, the millions still outstanding to the city, by said developer.
Many of the newly elected candidates, Ms. Zurita included, campaigned on their love of Compton, their family’s history in the city and restoring fiscal solvency and transparency to the nearly 100,000 residents.
Danny Bakewell is the owner of both the LA Sentinel and the LA Watts Times which printed unflattering commentary on her former opponent, Kevin Monk. The same papers heaped praise on Ms. Zurita for being the candidate they appeared to endorse for District 1.
Has this relationship between Ms. Zurita and Mr. Bakewell garnered any discussion and/or repayment of the millions owed to city taxpayers?
Has this relationship between Ms. Zurita and Mr. Bakewell resulted in saving the hundreds of jobs being lost as a direct result of the above mentioned stores impending closure?
Did residents forget when they voted?
2 Urban Girls received information stating the owner of the newspaper in question is seeking to be adjudicated in the City of Compton, as the official newspaper of record. Allegedly they don’t want this designation unless they are guaranteed they could publish legal notices for the city, Compton Unified and possibly the community college.
A review of the City Manager’s check register, listing items he can approve under $25k, delineates the city at one point supported the Compton Herald financially.
Should City Atty. Craig Cornwell and city council agree to such a ludicrous request, 2 Urban Girls believes the funds generated should be redirected back to the city towards his outstanding balance owed to taxpayers?
Keep your eyes peeled to the agenda’s for both the city and school district.