The following are comments made by audience members and elected officials at the most recent City Council meeting. The Bulletin is not responsible for the veracity of statements printed. Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not reflect the editorial viewpoint of the paper.
Patricia Simpson said she badgers the City Council because she wants them to spend residens’t tax dollars properly. She asked Eric Perrodin if the Council has the right to go online and look at the city's bank statements.
Craig Cornwell said the Council does not have the capability to look at the bank statements, and the treasurer prepares a report for them.
Joyce Kelly said the city should not pay
$108,000 per year for a lobbyist who does not bring any money into the city, when Laura Richardson brought money in twice in the last month. She told Howard Duffey to get a burglar alarm for City Hall and only give the code to a few people.
Molly Rhodes said people in Compton know how to survive because they have no other choice. She expressed concern over the 90-day window the city has to eliminate its bond concerns with Standard and Poor's.
Duffey said the city will contact S and P after it takes positive action and the city should be okay as long as it reaches its milestones.
Perrodin said he did not speak to Duffey before he became city manager but he remains persistent and professional and he will work with
him in any way he can.
Carolyn Stokes said Danny Bakewell owes the city trillions of dollars and Duffey needs to go get it. She welcomed Duffey, but said she did not want him in Compton.
Lynn Boone said anyone who reads the city audit will find fraud, waste and misuse of public funds. She said the city treasurer's department is a mess and the city controller's department is more than a mess.
Lee Wax said he was away for two weeks, but saw Compton all over CNN and thought he needed to end his vacation early. He said the coalition worked hard to get the city past its financial crisis and supported the resolution to
reallocate lease revenue bond money because it is critical to the city at this point.
Carolyn Stokes said she does not want the city to issue any more bonds, and she does not want higher taxes.
Joyce Kelly said the taxpayers have to pay back lease revenue bonds. She said the bonds were intended for a transit and senior citizen center complex. She said there is money that is unaccounted for and no transparency.
Lynn Boone accused Duffey of badgering Lillie Dobson about bringing back the bond reallocation vote at the July 31 meeting, and said she did not know if the resolution to spend the money on debt service was legal. She said if the new city manager is so great, he can find money somewhere else.