Long Beach Press-Telegram Endorses Mayor Aja Brown
Re-elect Aja Brown as Compton mayor: Endorsement
Friday, April 17, 2017
The Editorial Board, Long Beach Press-Telegram
Aja Brown made history four years ago when, at 31, she became the youngest mayor in the 100-plus history of the city of Compton.
She shook up the city, which needed a shake-up, in winning a decisive victory against two former mayors.
During her first term, Brown has started turning the long-suffering city around and has earned a chance to continue that momentum.
That’s why the Editorial Board is endorsing her for re-election in the city’s mayoral primary election Tuesday.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes Tuesday, the two highest vote-getters will face off in a runoff election June 6.
When Brown took office as mayor in 2013, the city was in a state of deterioration, with long-neglected infrastructure projects, a deepening deficit and loss of credit rating.
She also had to fight the negative image of high crime and city corruption which had plagued Compton for years.
Residents were angry, frustrated and demoralized.
Brown, an urban planner, was elected with a message of hope and optimistic vision for the city.
She has largely delivered on that message.
The $43 million deficit she inherited has been cut by $7 million.
She supported, and voters approved last year, Measure P, which increased the city’s sales tax by one cent and is expected to generate $8 million a year to improve infrastructure.
When Brown took office, she said more than 90 percent of Compton’s streets hadn’t been repaved in nearly 30 years.
She also introduced an ordinance requiring new employers who secure conditional permits from the city to hire 35 per cent of their staff from the local labor pool.
And crime has been reduced in the past four years.
The restoration of Compton has begun, but much more work needs to be done. The best person to do that is Aja Brown.
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