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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

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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

WHILE LOCAL TEACHERS TWIST IN THE WIND, DOWNEY DISTRICT APPROVES A LAYOFF-LESS CONTRACT

April 23, 2010 8 comments

While top officials of public school districts in Long Beach and Compton dangle doomsday letters over the mailbox, the Downey Unified School District has reached a three-year contract with its teachers union that avoids layoffs, furloughs, salary reductions or loss of medical benefits. Instead, class sizes will increase slightly.

 Meanwhile, Long Beach Unified’s Board of Education in February approved layoff notices for 755 positions, including K-12 teachers, counselors, social workers, assistant or vice principals and adult school educators. In March, LBUSD approved 28 more, and ordered most managers to take three unpaid furlough days next academic year. Ultimately, 1019 notices were mailed, but about 175 were later rescinded, and the latest count for prospective employee layoffs in the LBUSD is 849, mostly teachers. This after the LBUSD voted in January to enlarge some elementary school classes from 20 to 30 students. Read more…

COUNTY CLERK HAS NO RECORD THAT COMPTON RDA EVER FILED MANDATED STUDY OF $100 MILLION BOND ISSUE

BY ALLISON JEAN EATON / COMPTON BULLETIN

The City of Compton Redevelopment Agency claims to have filed with the Los Angeles County clerk for public review of a study on the agency’s proposed issuance of $100 million in bonds, but The Bulletin has learned that county clerk’s office has no record of it.

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