€ Joyce Kelly said local organizations used to hold events at the casino, and now they cannot. She asked the City Council why they do not visit the bingo operation and accused them of not going.
€ Lorraine Cervantes said she is not familiar with the rules and regulations regarding bingo, but she said they donate a lot of money to nonprofit organizations.
€ Cervantes said the new city manager is a fixer and will address the problems facing the city. She said the Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise money for a Christmas parade in Compton.
€ Lynn Boone said she loves Cervantes, but the Chamber of Commerce was wrong holding a welcome luncheon for City Manager Howard Duffey. She said the chamber has not brought any new businesses into the city and does not say goodbye to stores that go out of business.
€ Kelly said the taxi service for disabled and senior residents in the community is horrible. She
said the drivers are disrespectful, and the cabs are hot, smelly and dirty. She asked Craig Cornwell if he could follow up on the problem.
€ Patricia Simpson said the city does not have the money to pay Duffey, and she asked Cornwell to look into whether it is legal to pass a padded budget. She said she visited a civil lawyer and was told Council members Yvonne Arceneaux, Willie Jones and Janna Zurita can be sued.
€ Cervantes said no Council member should send Bozo the Clown or any other agent to disrespect her and call her names.
€ Boone said she still wants to know why Kofi Sefa-Boakye still works for the successor agency, and said the companies and developers who donated to Mayor Eric Perrodin’s campaign got community redevelopment contracts. She said Isadore Hall received money through the CRA. Boone said Herb Arceneaux was given a CRA contract and he did not perform the work he was paid for.
€ Herb Arceneaux asked the CRA director to come up and verify the money situation. Sefa- Boakye came to the podium and was told to sit back down because only City Manager Bryan Batiste can call him. Arceneuax asked Batiste to call him and he said no, telling Arceneaux that he (Batiste) believes him when he said he did not accept any money, and residents who know him believe him as well. He called Boone a liar. He asked Cornwell to address the situation, and Cornwell said Sefa-Boakye can only come up if Batiste invites him to address concerns of the Council.
€ Lee Wax said Duffey's opinions about PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) is very troubling. The two agreed to meet as soon as possible about the issue. He said it is like beating a dead horse when he tells the Council that employees continue suffering.
€ Kelly said the June 19 Council meeting entertained her, but it should not have been funny. She said there is nothing funny about an elected official performing like what happened during
that meeting. Kelly said if you cannot stand the heat get out of the fire.
€ Simpson asked why Council members cannot give up car allowances so more employees can come back to work. She said the seniors want Perrodin to explain the budget, and discuss whether Council members are hiding or stealing money.
€ Arthur Keaton said the Council allocated an additional $20,000 to Howard Duffey for PERS and he is not spending any of his own money. He said when he attended the welcome event for Howard Duffey, Janna Zurita looked like she wanted to kill him.
€ Lorraine Cervantes said she should have brought her popcorn.
€ Boone said she is very grateful for getting a new mayor pro-tem. Boone said the city loaned Fat Burger $250,000 and never got paid back.
€ Derek Hull said Fat Burger started making payments in Nov. 2011, and pays on time each month.