Mayor Emma Sharif (File photo)

The City Audit

Towards the end of last year, the City of Compton received an audit report from the State of California with recommendations on improving our City’s financial standing. We are proud to report that the City has met all the April deadlines for Priority 1 Recommendations listed in the Audit with the support of the City Manager’s Office, City Controller’s Office, and Human Resources Department. The City Council has help comply with the deadlines by adopting resolutions to adhere to the audit’s recommendation of prioritizing open and competitive hiring processes for all positions including hiring a consultant to help the City complete a classification, compensation, and success plan.

Our Human Resources Department has made great strides these past couple of months with hiring a new Human Resources director and developing a comprehensive recruitment and hiring plans to fill long-term vacancies within the City. We are proud of our actions in addressing the recommendations of the State Audit and look forward to continuing to comply with the remainder of the recommendations in the Audit.

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City Budget Informational Sessions

The City of Compton hosted several Community Budget Meetings. This allows us to focus on priority-based budgeting. These meetings were used to get residents input on allocating the City’s budget. We actively listened to citizens and deliberately gathered all citizens/participants feedback to create a budget that best serves the community.

L.A. County Civilian Oversight Commission

The City of Compton hosted the L.A. County Civilian Oversight Commission on June 15th. Citizens came out to share their thoughts about the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s practices, policies, and procedures. We will continue to work alongside the Sheriff’s department to ensure effective service for our citizens.

City Dump Days

My office and City Staff, along with Assemblymember Mike Gipson, California Department of Transportation, organized and executed several city dump days. Provided a central location where residents could come and dump trash. We also went to the homes of our senior residents and took care of those who did not have the means for transportation to get to the dump site.

The Artesia Bridge and City Streets

I am extremely excited to inform the City that the funds for the bridge have been released, and the prep work on the bridge has already begun. We expect the completion of the bridge by spring of 2024.

Potholes and Street Repairs

The City of Compton’s Public Works Department has been working tirelessly to repair potholes and sidewalks throughout the city. Our Public Works department has repaired potholes along Victoria St., Kemp and Cressey, West Reeves, Alondra Blvd., Alameda Blvd, and Stockwell Road. There has also been a major street revamp to Rosecrans Blvd. and Santa Fe. We appreciate the patience of our citizens, as we continue to address the long-standing problem with our streets.

City Prayer

For National Prayer Day, the city’s ministers, bishops, pastors, and reverends answered the call to pray over our city. Every spoken prayer was about healing, unity, and prosperity over our city. Each person who participated had an opportunity to reflect and decide how they wanted to give back and move our city forward. We are planning to have more citywide prayers that include our entire city’s clergy to inspire and motivate everyone to do our part in the best interest of Compton.

Expungement Day

In partnership with the Compton Public Defender’s Office, I hosted an amazing Juneteenth Freedom Day Expungement Event at Dollarhide Community Center on June 15th. This expungement event was hosted in the spirit of freedom and restoration of rights for those affected by the criminal justice system. We helped over 30 residents of Compton and residents of neighboring cities.

We want to thank the Compton Public Defenders Office for your hard work and dedication to giving men and women the opportunity to rebuild their lives and continue to be productive members of society. My office looks forward to working with the Compton Public Defender’s Office to continue hosting free expungement events in our community.

Family, Fun, and Celebrations

Movies in the Park

I, the City Council, and the Recreation Department are happy to announce that Movies in the Park is back! Movies will begin at Dusk, so come out early, get a spot, and enjoy some time with your family and friends. We encourage everyone to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and have a good time. We are screening movies July 21, at Kelly Park, and August 4, at Cesar Chavez Park.

Fitness Center

We proudly announce that Compton’s Recreation Department will host a fitness center. The fitness center will be for Seniors from 8:00 am-12:00 pm and open recreation from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Open Parks and Exciting Programs

The city of Compton Parks is currently open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parks are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

We are hosting Dodger DreamTeam Youth Baseball, Luders Park Youth Soccer Clinic, Luders Park Youth Basketball Clinic, Open gym pickup Basketball at Luders Park, Gonzales Park, and Youth Cricket.