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From the L.A. Times:

Compton’s mayor in front of the civic center’s MLK monument

Compton officials have been illegally inflating their pay, district attorney says

By ANGEL JENNINGS

Compton’s mayor and council members have been illegally boosting their salaries for years by paying themselves for commission meetings that sometimes lasted only about a minute, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

In some cases, officials were paid “whether or not the commission member attended the meeting,” the prosecutor’s office said in a July 17 letter to the Compton city attorney. The letter was obtained by The Times on Thursday. …

A 2010 investigation by The Times found the meetings of the highest-paying Compton commissions often lasted the shortest time. The stipends ranged from $300 for the Urban Community Development Commission to $1,000 a month for the Housing Development and Gaming commissions. Council members also earn $1,100 a month for sitting on the Public Finance Authority, and the mayor is paid $1,700.

At least 41 commission meetings lasted fewer than 10 minutes, the Times investigation found in 2010. The district attorney’s letter revealed similar findings and said the Housing and Gaming commissions “serve no obvious purpose other than providing additional compensation to the commission members.”

The salary-padding practice predates the tenures of Brown and at least some of the current members of the City Council. Former Mayor Eric Perrodin and some former council members benefitted from the practice, records show.

This is pretty small potatoes stuff — gaveling commission meetings into order and quickly into adjournment to collect a stipend — especially compared to nearby Bell, where the mostly white top city official fleeced the mostly Hispanic residents for hundreds of thousands of dollars each annually.

Compton, an independent municipality of 98,000 residents a dozen miles due south of Los Angeles’s city hall.

Although famous as the onetime home of West Coast gangsta rap, Compton was 65% Hispanic by the 2010 Census, up from 21% Hispanic in 1980.

But Compton is still largely ruled by its outgoing black minority (32.9% of the population in 2010), who are not stingy about erecting monuments to themselves while the getting is still good. Compton has had a black mayor since 1969.

Notoriously gang-prone black neighborhoods in Southern California tend to be surprisingly pleasant looking on their residential streets of single-family homes (although the commercial streets are usually dumpy for at least a decade or two after riots).

And Compton is no exception. As of 2010, 54% of Compton residents owned their own homes, compared to 55% of California residents as a whole. The average home for sale is pretty small — about 1050 square feet — with the current median sale price a little under $300,000, down from a peak of $410,000 in 2006-07.

A roughly analogous situation in smaller Ferguson, MO where the outgoing whites hold most of the political offices (although, granted, Ferguson offices pay perhaps an order of magnitude less than similar positions in Compton) is, perhaps, the Greatest Crisis of Our Era. But black politicians clinging to lucrative power in Compton is just one of those things. I mean, whaddaya whaddaya? Who ever heard of Compton compared to Ferguson?

 
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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

    “I will not cut your grass.”

    Rotfl.

  2. Sounds like a rotten borough.

    • Replies: @Lot
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Rotten borough better applies to safe Hispanic legislative districts with very few qualified voters. Xavier Baccera gets elected to congress with 1/8 the number of votes as congressmen in the upper Midwest and New England.

    This produces a gerrymander opportunity for either party. Stick 200,000 loyal white and or black partisans, Dem or GOP, in with 500,000 non citizen and apathetic-citizen Latinos, and your partisan minority will dominate.

    The GOP does this in Texas, and our non partisan system in CA created a few random districts like this for both parties. The Dem districts on the coast, the GOP districts inland.

  3. small potatoes stuff

    Financially, maybe. I guess for the ‘best and brightest’ you have to ‘penny ante up’.

    But what about morally? What does it say about the moral integrity of these people? Yes, ‘public servants’.

  4. Maserati moonlights as the mayor of Compton. Who knew.

  5. This also effects why some towns and cities have pension problems. They base their retirement on a percentage of last year or last three year earnings and by pushing them up with these kind of commission pay they can manage to get more in retirement then what their normal last year of pay was. They also manage to combine lots of overtime, payback for unused vacation and medical days, last minute promotions and other ways to get a big pay jump those last years.

  6. On a off-topic sidenote, I spotted this viral video where an African-American woman’s rant about the hypocrisy which plagues the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has gone viral.
    http://www.infowars.com/epic-rant-goes-viral-police-brutality-how-about-black-brutality/

  7. I’ve been to Compton a few times. The commercial streets still look black: half vacant and very few general type stores like supermarkets, more often light industrial body shop type uses and speciality stores (wigs, liquor, car parts).

    In more fully Mexican areas of LA, the commercial streets are much nicer. Few vacancies and a lot of foot traffic of happy families, the women mostly under 5 feet with a couple chubby kids in tow, maybe grama as well. A lot like Mexico proper.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @Lot

    "I’ve been to Compton a few times."

    Why? To pick up your Black or Mexican girlfriend?

  8. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Sounds like a rotten borough.

    Replies: @Lot

    Rotten borough better applies to safe Hispanic legislative districts with very few qualified voters. Xavier Baccera gets elected to congress with 1/8 the number of votes as congressmen in the upper Midwest and New England.

    This produces a gerrymander opportunity for either party. Stick 200,000 loyal white and or black partisans, Dem or GOP, in with 500,000 non citizen and apathetic-citizen Latinos, and your partisan minority will dominate.

    The GOP does this in Texas, and our non partisan system in CA created a few random districts like this for both parties. The Dem districts on the coast, the GOP districts inland.

  9. Apparently Mayor Brown got her first name because her mom liked Steely Dan. That’s kinda brilliant: if you’re black and want to give your daughter a solidly black name that other black people won’t raise their eyebrows at, but still endow her with an allusion to your very white musical tastes, you can’t do much better than “Aja”.

    As a bonus, it acts as a SWPL dog-whistle, so that when young Aja Brown is introducing herself to influential white people, they might ask “Aja? Like the Steely Dan album?” and then they’ll be comforted when she flashes that cute smile and says “Yeah, exactly!”

    And it is a pretty cute smile. She’s very good looking.

  10. The MLK memorial isn’t bad looking. It’s a little too squat to be inspirational, but better than the Chinese monster on the Mall.

  11. I keep waiting for the think piece about how exclusionary “Straight” is, bemoaning that there appears to be no “Gay Outta Compton,” or “BiCurious Outta Compton” – let along a “Trans Outta Compton” – on the horizon.

    Or an even more militant film, “Straights (get) Outta Compton,” with Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto running roughshod (!) over all those pesky breeders. Does anyone know how to contact Mike Judge?

  12. @Lot
    I've been to Compton a few times. The commercial streets still look black: half vacant and very few general type stores like supermarkets, more often light industrial body shop type uses and speciality stores (wigs, liquor, car parts).

    In more fully Mexican areas of LA, the commercial streets are much nicer. Few vacancies and a lot of foot traffic of happy families, the women mostly under 5 feet with a couple chubby kids in tow, maybe grama as well. A lot like Mexico proper.

    Replies: @Jefferson

    “I’ve been to Compton a few times.”

    Why? To pick up your Black or Mexican girlfriend?

  13. “Notoriously gang-prone black neighborhoods in Southern California tend to be surprisingly pleasant looking on their residential streets of single-family homes”

    Pleasant looking high crime neighborhoods are the worst because an outsider passing through might mistake it for the typical regular low crime middle class neighborhood and let their guard down. I prefer high crime neighborhoods that look like run down 3rd world dumps so I already know from afar to avoid it like a plague.

  14. Maybe a black city government just needs such as a Mexican majority to compel whiter levels of graft: skim a little but keep things running.

  15. Steve, I just listened to an episode of This American Life about school integration that was rich in Sailerian themes.

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with

    Back in 2013-2014, Normandy school district in Missouri (where Michael Brown attended) was the worst in the state, so bad that it lost its accreditation. Simultaneously, Missouri passed a law that said any students attending unaccredited schools had the right to opt out of their school and attend a different school for free (presumably some Republican school choice initiative). So the poor black Normandy kids were given the option of attending school in the much whiter Francis Howell district. Long story short, about 1,000 (!) kids elected to go, much to the dismay of the white parents in Francis Howell. Not to spoil it, but soon the state commandeered control of Normandy from local authorities and reclassified the school from “unaccredited” to “non-accreditated.” A seemingly meaningless change except that only students from “unaccredited” schools have right to attend school out of district for free, thereby conveniently requiring all the Normandy kids to return to their district. And people say government isn’t effective?

    Highlights include the audio from a Francis Howell town hall meeting starting at about 23 minutes, and the hosts’ disgust that parents wouldn’t want a thousand Michael Browns descending on their schools.

    • Replies: @countenance
    @gregor

    1. The law which allowed transfers was a rural Democrat sponsored throwaway law in 1993, that mushroomed out of control

    2. But most General Assembly Republicans are in no mood to repeal it

    3. The state controlled "school cooperative" of the Normandy district was at first classified as accredited, but state courts ruled that they had to keep the unaccredited status and the transfers continue.

    4. While there was a lot of opposition in Francis Howell, and still is, the forces that want school deseg have figured out that the way to keep white opposition muted is only to drip some black kids into white districts. It's when you take whites out of their white districts and ship them to black areas that TSHTF.

  16. I guess I’m getting old. I don’t understand the title of this post. What does Pun TK mean?

  17. Ferguson Mayor salary is $4,200 a year. I think the aldermen aren’t paid anything.

    Compton is 65% Hispanic but blacks still run things? What happened to the zomg great Hispanic voter tidal wave lol?

    • Replies: @Hrw-500
    @countenance

    I quoted a possible anwser then I found at http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/02/05/compton-mayor-aja-brown
    "Compton’s Latino majority has been politically underserved for decades. Because many are immigrants without voting rights, for a long time the political old guard felt it could get away with ignoring their concerns. Compton’s first Latino city councilman, Isaac Galvan, only took office in the election that brought in Brown. Ortega drove Latino voters to polls in June—making sure to tell them to vote for Brown."

  18. @gregor
    Steve, I just listened to an episode of This American Life about school integration that was rich in Sailerian themes.

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with

    Back in 2013-2014, Normandy school district in Missouri (where Michael Brown attended) was the worst in the state, so bad that it lost its accreditation. Simultaneously, Missouri passed a law that said any students attending unaccredited schools had the right to opt out of their school and attend a different school for free (presumably some Republican school choice initiative). So the poor black Normandy kids were given the option of attending school in the much whiter Francis Howell district. Long story short, about 1,000 (!) kids elected to go, much to the dismay of the white parents in Francis Howell. Not to spoil it, but soon the state commandeered control of Normandy from local authorities and reclassified the school from "unaccredited" to "non-accreditated." A seemingly meaningless change except that only students from "unaccredited" schools have right to attend school out of district for free, thereby conveniently requiring all the Normandy kids to return to their district. And people say government isn't effective?

    Highlights include the audio from a Francis Howell town hall meeting starting at about 23 minutes, and the hosts' disgust that parents wouldn't want a thousand Michael Browns descending on their schools.

    Replies: @countenance

    1. The law which allowed transfers was a rural Democrat sponsored throwaway law in 1993, that mushroomed out of control

    2. But most General Assembly Republicans are in no mood to repeal it

    3. The state controlled “school cooperative” of the Normandy district was at first classified as accredited, but state courts ruled that they had to keep the unaccredited status and the transfers continue.

    4. While there was a lot of opposition in Francis Howell, and still is, the forces that want school deseg have figured out that the way to keep white opposition muted is only to drip some black kids into white districts. It’s when you take whites out of their white districts and ship them to black areas that TSHTF.

  19. Steve,

    I think you might be interested in the latest season of True Detective. It’s set in a Southern California town that’s based on Vernon, CA. I personally thought season 1 was better than this latest season, but you might find the local setting interesting. Apologies if you’ve already discussed this and I missed it.

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/the-real-town-behind-true-detective-season-2/?_r=0

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @no name

    Vernon, the inspiration for this year's "True Detective," is a century old municipality south of Los Angeles that is basically owned by one family. It exists to facilitate unattractive but fairly necessary industry (e.g., in the past: slaughterhouses, today: battery recycling) that you wouldn't want to have in your neighborhood, but you don't necessarily mind having somewhere in your metropolitan area. It's a scam, but since only a few dozen Vernon employees are allowed to live (and thus vote) in Vernon, I have a hard time getting really worked up over Vernon.

    In contrast, the next door city of Bell has relatively little industry, but 30,000 residents, largely semi-literate illegal aliens. The city manager paid himself like a Vernon hereditary princeling ($800,000 annually) and the other government insiders did too, under the assumption that the illegal aliens would take years to catch on to what the caiques were up to.

  20. “What does Pun TK mean?”

    “TK” is a standard proofreading abbreviation for “to come.” The joke is that it ought to be easy to come up with a pun on “Straight Outta Compton,” but I haven’t actually gone through the hard work of thinking of one yet.

    But maybe that’s a little too meta.

  21. @no name
    Steve,

    I think you might be interested in the latest season of True Detective. It's set in a Southern California town that's based on Vernon, CA. I personally thought season 1 was better than this latest season, but you might find the local setting interesting. Apologies if you've already discussed this and I missed it.

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/the-real-town-behind-true-detective-season-2/?_r=0

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Vernon, the inspiration for this year’s “True Detective,” is a century old municipality south of Los Angeles that is basically owned by one family. It exists to facilitate unattractive but fairly necessary industry (e.g., in the past: slaughterhouses, today: battery recycling) that you wouldn’t want to have in your neighborhood, but you don’t necessarily mind having somewhere in your metropolitan area. It’s a scam, but since only a few dozen Vernon employees are allowed to live (and thus vote) in Vernon, I have a hard time getting really worked up over Vernon.

    In contrast, the next door city of Bell has relatively little industry, but 30,000 residents, largely semi-literate illegal aliens. The city manager paid himself like a Vernon hereditary princeling ($800,000 annually) and the other government insiders did too, under the assumption that the illegal aliens would take years to catch on to what the caiques were up to.

  22. @countenance
    Ferguson Mayor salary is $4,200 a year. I think the aldermen aren't paid anything.

    Compton is 65% Hispanic but blacks still run things? What happened to the zomg great Hispanic voter tidal wave lol?

    Replies: @Hrw-500

    I quoted a possible anwser then I found at http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/02/05/compton-mayor-aja-brown
    “Compton’s Latino majority has been politically underserved for decades. Because many are immigrants without voting rights, for a long time the political old guard felt it could get away with ignoring their concerns. Compton’s first Latino city councilman, Isaac Galvan, only took office in the election that brought in Brown. Ortega drove Latino voters to polls in June—making sure to tell them to vote for Brown.”

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