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SUMMERTIME: IT’S ENOUGH TO MAKE SOME KIDS LOSE THEIR LUNCH

June 22, 2010 3 comments

BY MELISSA BOTEACH & SOPHIE MILAM

COMPTON BULLETIN

Most children jump for joy when the final bell rings on the last day of school. For them, summer means freedom. It means camp, vacation and popsicles. But summer also means hunger and stagnation for too many American children. Schools begin letting out over the next week, and many children are facing a summer of skipping meals or consuming the cheap but empty calories that contribute to the nation’s child obesity epidemic.

 More than 31 million children benefit from the national school lunch program, with 62 percent receiving free or reduced-price meals. But only one in six of these kids will receive a similarly subsidized summer meal during the summer months. READ MORE

COMPTON RESIDENTS CONSIDERING BOYCOTT, LAWSUIT TO STOP POLICE DEPT COMEBACK

June 10, 2010 7 comments

BY ALLISON JEAN EATON / COMPTON BULLETIN

Aftershocks continue to ripple through Compton’s 10.5 square miles following the city council’s 3-2 vote last week to re-establish a local police department a plan that no longer has the backing of the consultant on whose study the plan is based.

A majority of the community appears staunchly opposed to reviving the department—shut down a decade ago because of rampant corruption—and several of the city’s most vociferous activists are currently rallying their fellow constituents to get active in a movement to stop the return of the Compton Police Department. They are calling for a boycott of the city’s Juneteenth celebration. There has even been mention of possibly filing an injunction preventing the city from moving forward with the plan. READ MORE

AGAINST OPINION OF VOTERS, DECLINING CRIME RATES AND EVEN ITS OWN CONSULTANT, COMPTON COUNCIL MOVES TO RE-ESTABLISH POLICE DEPARTMENT

June 4, 2010 3 comments

FROM BETTY PLEASANT / WAVE NEWSPAPERS

Despite the Compton City Council’s 3-2 vote Tuesday re-establish its own police force—disbanded 10 years ago because of corruption—the city-hired consultant who’s supposed to shepherd the transition has serious misgivings about the mission.

So do the city’s voters, at least as measured in 2004, when 67.8 percent of them defeated Measure D, which would have revived the Compton Police Department.

And crime rates have tumbled in Compton since it contracted with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department—the city recorded 55 homicides in 1999 and 37 last year.

But some city residents, officials, and particularly Mayor Eric Perrodin, have been straining at the bit to dump the sheriff‘s deputies and return their own Compton cops to the streets.

READ THE ENTIRE STORY AT WAVENEWSPAPERS.COM

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO WORSHIPPERS FIND NEW LIFE TOGETHER IN A CHANGING NEIGHBHORHOOD

June 1, 2010 6 comments

BY RAQUEL MARIA DILLON / COMPTON BULLETIN

The Black choir clapped and swayed, propelled by the organ’s groove and drums’ beat, as gospel music filled the tiny New Life in Christ Church on Compton Avenue.  The rhythm came naturally, but when it was time to sing, the choir had to turn to sheet music to keep from stumbling over the Spanish lyrics.

Two years after this African-American Pentecostal congregation of about 100 people welcomed their Latino neighbors, the two groups are still trying to stay in tune in a part of the city that has not always lived in harmony.

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COMPTON COUNCIL SILENTLY HANDS ANOTHER BIG, NO-BID CONTRACT TO MAYOR PERRODIN’S BROTHER

May 19, 2010 1 comment

BY ALLISON JEAN EATON / COMPTON BULLETIN

Without so much as a word of public discussion, the Compton City Council has reversed its vote of a year ago and approved a $95,000 no-bid management and consulting contract with the brother of Mayor Eric J. Perrodin. The extension of the City’s existing contract with Percy Perrodin, Jr.’s, company—called Joseph and Paul, Inc.—was included in the consent agenda at the Council’s May 11 meeting.

Council members Barbara Calhoun, Lillie Dobson and Dr. Willie O. Jones—the latter reversing his vote of July 2009—accounted for the 3-0 approval. Mayor Perrodin and Councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux were absent.

Between 2003 and 2009, Percy Perrodin’s company has received contracts totaling $540,000 from the City of Compton to provide management and consulting services for the Municipal Law Enforcement Services Department.

READ THE ENTIRE STORY IN THE COMPTON BULLETIN

COMPTON SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED PERSONAL ITEMS TO DISTRICT CREDIT CARD

May 13, 2010 3 comments

BY ALLISON EATON / COMPTON BULLETIN

Credit card records obtained by The Compton Bulletin reveal that the superintendent of the Compton Unified School District appears to have been using taxpayer money for personal purchases.

Records provided by the school district indicate that only some of the purchases made by Superintendent Dr. Kaye Burnside on a district-issued credit card have been repaid.

A district employee from accounting said she questioned Superintendent Dr. Kaye Burnside’s credit card use roughly a year ago. She said she was pulled aside by a top administrator, who explained to her that Burnside was using the card for personal use because she had been the victim of identify theft, which prevented her from obtaining a personal credit card.

The Compton Unified school board’s credit card policy expressly forbids personal use of credit cards, stating, “under no circumstances may personal expenses be charged.” READ THE ENTIRE STORY AT THECOMPTONBULLETIN.COM

GATEWAY TOWNE CENTER—COMPTON’S NEWEST—USES TAX-CREDIT MECHANISM TO NARROWLY AVOID FORECLOSURE

April 28, 2010 1 comment

BY ALLISON JEAN EATON / COMPTON BULLETIN

Compton’s new shopping center, the Gateway Towne Center, narrowly avoided forclosure after it was able to secure $29 million in permanent financing through a new tax-credit mechanism.

Community Development Financial Institutions Clearinghouse officials said this recent loan saved the shopping center, which would have gone into foreclosure had the permanent financing not been secured. City officials had not previously shared such information with the community. READ MORE