Mayor Aja Brown Releases 3-Year Progress Report
Millennial mayor touts balanced budgets, lower deficit and unemployment rate, and progress on fixing city’s streets
Compton Mayor Aja Brown has released Vision For Compton: A 3-Year Progress Report that charts the advances made since her election in 2013. The Progress Report details the successes of the last three years while measuring the impact of Mayor’s Brown’s implementation of her 12-point Vision For Compton platform. Vision For Compton is a strategic approach to improving the quality of life for Compton families with public safety, economic development and community building as its core building blocks.
“When I took office in 2013, over 90% of the Compton’s streets hadn’t been repaved in nearly 30 years,” said Mayor Brown. “We lacked the basic tools to begin to address its failed infrastructure system. There was no Capital Improvement Plan and infrastructure condition assessment report on file to even understand the magnitude and costs of the issue. Citizens were angry, businesses were weary and to top it off Compton had lost its credit rating. Compton was in poor standing with many vendors and owed outstanding debts to outside agencies due to poor internal operations and a lack of continuity in key governmental positions.”
The 12-Point Vision For Compton Plan is centered around the following areas: updating city policies and plans, improving transparency and efficiency, city finance stabilization, local economic growth, improving business relations and public safety, youth development, the Healthy Compton initiative, beautification and street improvements, culture and creating a citywide emergency response plan.
“I looked to Compton residents months before assuming office on where to begin.” explained Mayor Brown. “I held focus groups and heard directly from residents on what they wanted for our community. When I came into office in 2013, because of their insight and input, I was well equipped with a game plan that was built on the core values of the Compton community—the Vision for Compton 12-Point Plan.”
Report highlights include:
- Citywide ban on hourly motel rentals
- First Source Hiring Agreement mandating a minimum of 35% local hires for City assisted and/or funded projects
- New big box retailers and grocery stores
- Over $5M in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funds were used to repave nearly 100 residential streets
- Passage of Measure P, The Vital City Services Protection Measure that is expected to generate $8M annually from sales tax revenues to improve infrastructure and service needs
- $7M reduction in General Fund deficit
- Passed balanced budgets each fiscal year since 2013/14
- Unemployment rate drop from 18% to 8%
- In 2015, Compton had 13 homicides–its lowest number of homicides in over 20 years
Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, Compton has forged partnerships with government, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, academic institutions and business to expand services and opportunities to Compton residents.
“We’ve put in a lot of work and made a lot of progress since 2013,” reflected Mayor Brown. “I am pleased to report that we are completing all outstanding audits and look forward to restoring our credit rating ahead of schedule. We have significantly reduced our debt to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, $8 million of debt to the Department of Finance has been repaid and Compton has passed a balanced budget on time in since 2013. But we still have work to do. So let’s finish what we’ve started Compton—together.”
Read the full report here.