A Bellflower man and a Compton man, along with 10 others, are in Antelope Valley Court today for arraignment on felony dogfighting and felony aiding and abetting dog fighting charges. A tip led Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday to a Littlerock home where a dog fight was believed to take place. Surveillance of [...]
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Compton City officials aren't saying anything about the mysterious fire that ignited at the City's fire department and destroyed $1.1 million in police radios---except that it's still under investigation.
Board of Education members from three Greater Long Beach-area districts—Sergio Contreras of Westminster, Jose Luis Solache of Lynwood and Skyy Fisher of Compton—have endorsed Ricardo Linarez in his campaign to unseat Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) school board president Felton Williams. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of school board members in our [...]
Beachgoers, have no fear! Not about the 12,000 gallons of sewage that gushed into the Los Angeles River last Saturday, anyway. Interim Long Beach Health Department chief Dr. Mauro Torno lifted a precautionary four-day closure of the city’s shoreline Wednesday evening, announcing that that tests of the local ocean waters show no sign they were [...]
Officials at Emerson Elementary School in Compton are being asked to do some explaining as mortally offended parents demand to know why former porn star Sasha Grey was allowed to commit the sin of reading to a classroom of first-graders. Grey visited Emerson on November 2 as part of the Read Across America program. At [...]
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written by Abby Sewell of the Los Angeles Times] COMPTON (via Los Angeles Times)—After a chaotic meeting full of reversals, the Compton City Council late Tuesday apparently moved to approve dozens of layoffs to avert a potential government shutdown. The council, acting as the redevelopment commission, voted 3 to 2 [...]
Nate Dogg's unmistakeable voice was deep and soothing, but it was also sonic camouflage for personal torments that were buried even deeper within him. Although he was a warm, honest and insightful conversationalist, Nate Dogg seemed to be constantly distracted and undermined by personal issues, even as he rose to personal fame.
IS COMPTON’S ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER QUALIFIED? WELL, SHE TEACHES SUNDAY SCHOOL AT THE MAYOR’S CHURCH
Compton’s new assistant city manager is Verna D. Porter, a 59-year-old woman of limited and checkered experience in city government and unknown education who lives next door to Mayor Eric J. Perrodin’s mother and teaches Sunday school at his church. City Manager Willie Norfleet appointed Porter on Oct. 19, despite the fact that the city [...]
The opening of a Burlington Coat Factory and a seasonal Toys R Us store in downtown Compton were promoted Monday by the city’s redevelopment agency (RDA), which is predicting a breath of new life into the local economy—just in time for the holiday shopping season. After roughly three years of various delays, Burlington Coat Factory [...]
The program allows registered children to borrow toys much like they would a library book. Lending centers are housed at parks, schools, recreational facilities, libraries, housing projects and even a homeless shelter.
The federal government released an audit report of the city’s Section 8 program last week that reveals improper accounting and a lack of proper procedures, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar shortfall that was absorbed by the city’s general fund. According to a copy of the official Department of Housing and Urban Development audit report dated [...]
APPRECIATING RICH ARCHBOLD WHERE IT COUNTS MOST—AS A HUMAN BEING [ By Louise Cunningham ] Love the article on Rich; he is a very special person and so happy that you did this. I, too, many times use the “Once when I was at the PT … ” / KATHY BERRY At least Archbold was [...]
The Compton City Council has voted, 3-1, to censor the public-access television broadcasts of its meetings, editing out public comments. Councilman Dr. Willie O. Jones was the lone dissenter. Councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux was absent. The Sept. 7 agenda item was identified as a “minute motion” on the agenda, and there was no staff report or supporting documentation in the [...]
When you’re in the Long Beach area and the title of the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast Is "The Uncertain Economy" and you're already depressed about your economic future, well, maybe you ought to not bother even reading it. Then again, uncertainty is better than doomsday.
The Compton Bulletin has become one of Southern California’s most dynamic community newspapers under the leadership of editor Allison Jean Eaton, but it isn’t immune to economic conditions that are threatening print journalism everywhere. So for the first time in its history The Bulletin is launching a subscription drive. Throughout the months of September and [...]
Compton was only four days away from an entire calendar month without a murder—something that hadn’t happened since November 2009, and before that, January 2006—when two people were killed in separate incidents on Aug. 27. Just one day before, on Aug. 26, Compton Sheriff’s Station Operations Lt. Brian Meeder had told The Bulletin that the [...]
Carolyn Blake said she and her adult children ride their bikes down her street at ease, free of fear. Ten years ago when the Compton Police Department policed the streets, she said, that simply wasn’t possible. “Before, we could go nowhere,” said Blake, who’s called Compton home since 1958. “We’ve come too far to turn back.
Plans are finally underway to restore the soft-bottomed section of Compton Creek, the local tributary adjacent to the casino and the new shopping center. The Environmental Protection Agency and Los Angeles County has announced acquisition of the four-acre parcel of land surrounding the creek. The roughly 8.5-mile creek is part of the 42.1-square-mile Compton Creek [...]
Former Compton detective Arnold Villaruel, who remained under investigation after an internal probe in 1999 revealed that drugs were missing from the former police department’s vault, was never charged with a crime. While much of the evidence, though circumstantial, detailed within the 95-page internal investigation points to Villarruel’s involvement, The Compton Bulletin has been unable to determine what, [...]
It’s not that the Salvation Army doesn’t have a long musical history, but the brass bands and tambourines it's famous for are nowhere to be seen at the Salvation Army Compton Corps Community Center, where a brand-new, state-of-the-art recording studio just opened.
Those of you who haven’t tried it may not be aware there is a lot of vomiting in surfing. This is because surfing, despite all the videos and cool lingo and innovative footwear, is actually quite hard. Like really hard, like, “Oh God, I think I’m gonna vomit, will that attract sharks?” hard.
Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley made his first public appearance in years last Saturday during a town hall meeting at the Compton Center hosted by opponents of a plan to re-establish the Compton Police Department. Bradley cast one of the deciding votes in 1999, when the city council shut down the department, which was mired [...]
BY ALLISON JEAN EATON / COMPTON BULLETIN Aftershocks continue to ripple through Compton’s 10.5 square miles following the city council’s 3-2 vote last week to re-establish a local police department a plan that no longer has the backing of the consultant on whose study the plan is based. A majority of the community appears staunchly opposed [...]
The Black choir clapped and swayed, propelled by the organ’s groove and drums’ beat, as gospel music filled the tiny New Life in Christ Church on Compton Avenue. The rhythm came naturally, but when it was time to sing, the choir had to turn to sheet music to keep from stumbling over the Spanish lyrics. [...]
Without so much as a word of public discussion, the Compton City Council has reversed its vote of a year ago and approved a $95,000 no-bid management and consulting contract with the brother of Mayor Eric J. Perrodin. The extension of the City’s existing contract with Percy Perrodin, Jr.’s, company—called Joseph and Paul, Inc.—was included [...]
Credit card records obtained by The Compton Bulletin reveal that the superintendent of the Compton Unified School District appears to have been using taxpayer money for personal purchases. Records provided by the school district indicate that only some of the purchases made by Superintendent Dr. Kaye Burnside on a district-issued credit card have been repaid. [...]
Compton’s new shopping center, the Gateway Towne Center, narrowly avoided forclosure after it was able to secure $29 million in permanent financing through a new tax-credit mechanism. Community Development Financial Institutions Clearinghouse officials said this recent loan saved the shopping center, which would have gone into foreclosure had the permanent financing not been secured. City [...]
While top officials of public school districts in Long Beach and Compton dangle doomsday letters over the mailbox, the Downey Unified School District has reached a three-year contract with its teachers union that avoids layoffs, furloughs, salary reductions or loss of medical benefits. Instead, class sizes will increase slightly. Meanwhile, Long Beach Unified’s Board of [...]
The City of Compton Redevelopment Agency claims to have filed with the Los Angeles County clerk for public review of a study on the agency’s proposed issuance of $100 million in bonds, but The Bulletin has learned that county clerk’s office has no record of it. READ MORE
A man who ran half a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in the greater Los Angeles area, including one in Compton, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. In a March 22 sentencing, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said that Virgil Edward Grant III used his licensed clinics to earn a profit selling [...]
COMPTON—In what some consider a fishy move, the City of Compton is spending more than $5 million to supposedly buy back city parks from the redevelopment agency. The City Council acting as the Urban Community Redevelopment Agency last Tuesday, March 16, approved a $5.2 million payout from the city to the Community Redevelopment Agency to [...]
COMPTON–Seven local schools have been named to a state list of public school campuses that consistently have the lowest test scores in California. An updated list released Thursday, March 11, features the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools statewide. The local schools on that list are Davis Middle, Dominguez High, Martin Luther King Elementary, Vanguard Learning [...]