Assemblymember Mike Gipson present a certificate to Compton Mayor Emma Sharif and Compton Councilmember Deidre Duhart.  (Courtesy photo)

Far Left to Right Gloria Roberts (Acting Director Caltrans District 7) Godson Okereke, Deputy District Director, Maintenance (Caltrans District 7) Mayor Emma Sharif Lynette Vann, Administrative Deputy (Caltrans District 7) Aide Castro, Senior Field Representative, Office of Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike A. Gipson

On Saturday, March 25, the city of Compton, Mayor Emma Sharif, Compton College, Assemblymember Mike Gipson (65th District) and Caltrans District 7 held their first annual “Clean California Community Days ~ Spring into Action,” which featured a mini job fair, community clean-up, and a celebration at Compton College.

Festivities began after approximately 50 volunteers picked up litter on Artesia Boulevard, Santa Fe Avenue and Greenleaf Boulevard near Compton College Campus.

Additionally, the city of Compton and Caltrans partnered to provide residents with a free Dump Day event to dispose of bulky items properly and reduce illegal dumping in local neighborhoods. Over 168 residents drove up to dispose items and over 600 cubic yards of trash was collected.

Volunteers remove litter around the campus of Compton College. (Courtesy photo)

This statewide 11-day event kicked off Friday, March 17, with a big splash of activities occurring on Saturday, March 25. Clean California Community Days are made possible through Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative, a $1.1 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create jobs, and engage communities to transform public spaces.

More than 150 residents, volunteers, organizations, families, and children attended. The event focused on the importance of keeping Compton clean and featured over a dozen vendor booths including The Compton Iniative, Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), America’s Job Center, Latino Chamber of Commerce, Department of Rehabilitation, Republic Services, Hub City Autism, and many more.

Out of the Blue ensemble performed at the event. (Courtesy photo)

Entertainment included a rousing drumline by the Compton Unified School District and performances by the Mamba Dance Academy, Fancy Footwork, rapper JustPierre, vocalists with Out of the Blue and more.

Visit to learn more about how Clean California is transforming communities and how to get involved.