Assemblyman Isadore Hall an avid supporter of Councilwoman-elect Janna Zurita
She now becomes Compton’s newest city council member after defeating a two-term incumbent.
Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Managing Editor
and Jasmyne Cannick
Sentinel Contributing Writer
After Janna Zurita placed second in the primary, she ran a vigorous issue-oriented campaign because the city of Compton was in dire financial straits; as a candidate she said that before employees are laid off other cuts to budget should made. And obviously the people of Compton have now given her the opportunity to do some of the things that she said she would do during the campaign.
According to her website, “We, the people, must change the direction of our city government or risk losing the ability to govern ourselves …” and it went on to state that Zurita represents the CHANGE that Compton needs now.
She was endorsed by an impressive array of elected and former elected officials, and members of the business community including Assemblyman Isadore Hall, former Congressman Mervyn Dymally, several school board members and local unions. About Zurita, Hall stated, “Janna Zurita possesses the qualifications for being that kind of leader and a key player in bringing renewed hope to the citizens of the City of Compton.”
And Zurita said, “As a Compton native myself, it is a real honor to have the support of Assemblymember Isadore Hall.”
Furthermore, she also stated that she has a plan to ensure that Compton will return to being a vibrant healthy city, responsive to the needs of all its residents.
Some of the issues that Zurita complained about which she is expected to tackle are –
The city’s 14-to-21 million dollar deficit while current leadership continues to spend approximately $4 million dollars a year on concerts, parties and special events – money she claims that could work to support senior programs, job training and youth programs to enhance the quality of life for residents.
The past and continuous increase of more than 75 percent of water rates; and the money spent on public safety contractors which should be brought under control ” … before we discuss law enforcement options” … in other words, bringing back the Compton Police Department.
Zurita was passionate and emphatic about the status of the city’s fiscal health especially as it relates to its employees. “It wasn’t that long ago that city officials were boasting about Compton’s financial boom,” she said. “Where did all of that money go? Balance the budget yes, but not at the expense of or on the backs of the city’s employees and the quality of life for Compton’s residents. Laying off employees should be a last resort after all other options have been exhausted.”
Compton is home to approximately 100,000 residents, and is situated in the heart of Los Angeles County. Strategically located along the Alameda Corridor, Compton has emerged as one of the largest industrial centers in Los Angeles County for transit and distribution, business services, high technology, home and lifestyle products, metals, financial services, and textile manufacturing. Zurita’s District One is bordered on the south and north by Compton and El Segundo Boulevards respectively; and on the east and west by Willowbrook Avenue and Avalon Boulevard respectively.
According to the election results, Zurita won by 51 percent to incumbent Barbara Calhoun’s 49 percent.
Ironically, District One was once represented by Zurita’s mother, Delores Zurita, who was defeated by Calhoun whom she (Zurita) has just defeated – reclaiming her mother’s old district.