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Compton is Still on the Move
Since winning a third term, the Mayor, along with the City Council and other officials, has taken the lead in the rebirth and growth of the city.
By Francis Taylor
Sentinel Contributing Writer
Like most municipalities across the country, the city of Compton is taking a serious look at how the census count will impact its continued growth and development. Since the city has embarked on an aggressive rebirthing project, the result of the census are vital to the city getting its fair share of the $430 billion from the federal government for critical community services for the youth, elderly, immigrant and poor.
When the city holds its council meeting on Tuesdays, the public is always notified, invited and welcomed. And in addition to being counted, an informed citizenry that participates in the governmental process, tend to get a better quality of government and ultimately, a better quality of life. The combination of public interaction, of being counted, and engaging the elected officials in meaningful and constructive/critical debate, is what makes good government.
And in addition to the saying that "all politics is local," there is another saying the usually people get the government they deserve. So by encouraging participation in the process, the Mayor and the city council are giving true meaning to the rebirthing process.
For the past few weeks, the city of Compton has allowed the Sentinel to do several stories on the city in general and the elected officials in particular, and having undertaken that important mission to inform, not only the citizens of Compton, but all of Southern California and beyond, it has made the city government more open and transparent.
To further understand the importance of citizen's role in being counted as it relates to the city, when everyone is counted and accounted for, that information is used in the proper allocation of funds. It allows other governmental entities to provide the maximum amount of funds to keep the citizens safe; to build and repair adequate infrastructures; create more jobs in all areas of endeavor; and to build and upkeep schools, libraries, parks, public buildings and other publicly-used facilities.
According to the city's website, the last council meeting was held on March 9, and the agenda consisted of the
Compton City Council Agenda
Urban Community Development Commission Agenda
Gaming Commission Agenda
Public Finance Authority Agenda
Housing Development Commission Agenda
The men and women who provide the leadership team and are responsible for the "Rebirthing of Compton" are: Mayor Eric Perrodin, Council-members Barbara J. Calhoun (Dist. 1); Lillie Dobson (Dist. 2); Yvonne Arceneaux (Dist. 3); Dr. Willie O. Jones (Dist. 4); Craig J. Cornwell (City Attorney); Alita McGreggor Godwin (City Clerk); Charles Evans (City Manager) and Douglas Sanders (City Treasurer).