Compton it's Time to Fix Our Streets Now.

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The Situation

#FIXCOMPTONSTREETS

An Urgent Message from Mayor Aja Brown

Dear Compton residents, visitors and stakeholders,

Known as the Vital City Services and Neighborhood Protection Measure, Measure P was passed by Compton residents last June and added a one percent sales tax on taxable items bought in the city to repave all of the city’s streets, establish a street maintenance fund, increase lighting, strengthen public safety and stabilize basic city services. Measure P is expected to garner $8 million annually.

We all know that our streets desperately need to be repaired. For those of you who followed my campaign, you know that I promised to introduce a measure to not only fix our streets—but to maintain them and secure the funds for the future so that regardless of who is in office, our tax dollars will be used for what you intended them to be used for.

Unfortunately, my colleagues on the City Council have refused to adhere to the will of people and refuse to take action on fixing our streets.

I’m launching the grassroots initiative Fix Our Streets Now! Compton to mobilize residents to make their elected officials do the right thing and fix our streets!

Please join me in calling, emailing and speaking to Compton’s City Council Members and telling them to fix our streets now!

#TransparencyTuesday - Agenda Item #5 (2/14/2017)

On February 14, 2017, 3 of the 5 members of the Compton City Council denied spending $300,000 for emergency pothole repairs to fix our streets.

Timeline of Events

Start

Over the last twenty years, Compton has not had a consistently funded capital improvement plan AND amassed a $43 million deficit and was forced to reduce its workforce by 50%, resulting in only 21 employees available to do street maintenance and handle illegal dumping and graffiti.  Over the last 4 years, we’ve reduced the deficit to $36 million, however there has been no funding for street improvements available.  We’ve reconstructed a major thoroughfare and several residential roads utilizing Community Development Block Grant funds.  Over the last 3 years, we were awarded nearly $9 million in additional grant funding which will be utilized to reconstruct Wilmington Avenue, with work scheduled to begin this month.  Compton Boulevard improvements will utilize the remaining grant funding.

2013

Introduction of Ballot Measure Concept to fix the Streets

In 2013, Mayor Brown introduced the idea of bringing forward a ballot measure to fix city streets, add street lighting, restore parks and improve overall public safety.

2014

Mayor Brown Re-Introduces Ballot Measure Proposal to Fix the Streets

In 2014, Mayor Brown re-introduced the idea of bringing forward a ballot measure to fix city streets, add street lighting, restore parks and improve overall public safety after no action was taken the year before.

2015

Mayor Introduces Ballot Measure, Council Takes No Action

In the summer of 2015, the city council did not approve the ballot measure introduced in 2014 and voters weren’t allowed to vote on it in the November 2015 election.

2015

After Third Attempt, Council approves Mayor's Proposal for June 2016 Election

2016

Voters approve Measure P in June 2016 Election

June

Two years later and with the help of residents, Mayor Brown continued to push for the ballot measure and after numerous attempts the City Council finally decided to allow voters to decide the fate of how to fix the streets.

The residents of Compton pass Measure P

December

The city manager presents a complete analysis on the most effective and cost-efficient way to utilize Measure P funds and to have the greatest impact while paving the largest number of streets as quickly as possible. A plan was introduced to use approximately $3.5 million of the $8 million to generate $70 million to pave all of Compton’s major thoroughfares. This would include Wilmington Ave., Compton Blvd., Long Beach Blvd., Artesia Blvd., Santa Fe Ave. and Alameda St. and repairs to residential streets beginning in the summer of 2017.

The City Council stalls and takes no action on the plan or the passage of Measure P.

2017

The City Council Continues to Take No Action on Measure P and Fixing the Streets

January 

The one percent sales tax on taxable items bought in the city under Measure P takes effect.

February

The City Council still refuses to take action on Measure P stalling on fixing the streets by insisting on more community input—even though the voters gave their input when they passed the ballot measure in June.

#FIXCOMPTONSTREETS

MEASURE P  was passed by the voters in June 2016
and the funds collected will be used to repave Compton’s streets.

Fill Thousands of Potholes

and pave streets and sidewalks in the City of Compton to make roads safer and increase the quality of life for all residents.

Reduce Traffic

by repairing potholes and establishing smoother roads so vehicles can travel seamlessly.

Create a Street Maintenance Fund

to address all future street repairs and Compton’s infrastructure needs.

Create a Citizen's Oversight Committee

to ensure that precious tax dollars are used efficiently and effectively and not wasted.

PAY-AS-YOU-GO vs. A BOND 

Pay-As-You-Go

Under the “pay-as-you-go scenario” advocated by 1st District Councilmember Janna Zurita, the City of Compton would only be able to pave approximately two major streets per year at a cost of around $1.2 million per mile with an $8 million cap on the amount of Measure P money that could be spent annually. There are approximately 173 centerline miles of street in the City of Compton in need of repair–the equivalent of 2,254,560 linear feet.

  • 2 major streets per year
  • $1.2 million per mile to repave
  • 173 centerline miles of street in Compton need repaving now

Capital Improvement Financing Options

Similar to the purchase of a home using a mortgage to pay off the house over a period of time, under the proposed Measure P bond scenario, the City of Compton would be able to take advantage of commonly used capital improvement financing tools that allow public agencies to deliver projects to taxpayers as quickly as possible.

Through Measure P, the City of Compton has the opportunity to get approximately $64 million now to repave every major street in Compton and immediately fund residential street improvements, WITHOUT increasing property taxes or providing any additional financial burden to Compton residents. Regardless of which financing vehicle the City Council decides to utilize with Measure P funds, the taxpayers will pay the same amount of taxes annually.

  • $64 million now to repave every major street and to fund residential street improvements
  • No new taxes for Compton residents

Click here to read the City Manager’s recommendations

By the Numbers

Centerline Miles and 2,254,560 Linear Feet of Street in Need of Repair in Compton

Voters Said Fix the Streets Now By Passing Measure P in June 2016

The Number of Months That Have Passed Since the Voters Passed Measure P

Actions Taken by the City Council to Fix the Streets Since Measure P in June 2016

Call for Compton City Council members and demand that they take action and obey the will of the voters and fix the streets now!

Send an email TODAY to Compton City Council members and demand that they fix the streets now!

Sign the petition to Fix Our Streets Now! Compton petition to urge Compton City Council to adopt the City Manager’s recommendations and to begin using Measure P funds to fix our streets. We can save millions while providing good jobs and restoring basic vital services in Compton.

Voice your opinion and tell the Compton City Council to fix the streets now! Join your fellow neighbors, business owners and other stakeholders on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at City Hall.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
5 p.m.
City Hall
Council Chambers
205 S. Willowbrook Avenue
Compton, CA 90220

Share pics & video of Compton potholes and other street damage. Social media helps to keep a spotlight on our terrible street conditions.

Use the hashtag:
#fixcomptonstreets

1. Contact the Compton City Council today
and demand that they fix our streets now!

Hold Your Representatives Accountable

Janna Zurita

Council District 1

Phone: (310) 605-5510

Isaac Galvan

Council District 2

Phone: (310) 605-5684

Tana McCoy

Council District 3

Phone: (310) 605-5612

Emma Sharif

Council District 4

Phone: (310) 605-5662

Some Tips

Introduce yourself

Introduce yourself, ask for the Councilmember you’re calling, and share where you’re from. (“Hi, this is Joe calling from Compton. Can I speak to the Councilmember who won’t fix my streets?”)


Say why you’re calling & what you want to happen

State the reason you are calling and the specific action you want your Councilmember to take — you want your streets fixed now.


Share

Share how the call went on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #fixcomptonstreets and encourage your friends to reach out to all Compton City Councilmembers.

What to Say

Need talking points? We’ve got you covered:


  • What are you waiting for? Fix our streets now–not later and not when you feel like you it–but right now.
  • It’s been over seven months since we voted to pass Measure P.
  • You were elected to represent the will of the People and not your individual interest. The People want their streets fixed.

2. EMAIL Compton City Council Members

Email Your Councilmembers Today!


Emailing your representatives is one of the most effective ways to have an impact on their decisions. With just one click you can send your message of Fix Our Streets Now! to all four members of the Compton City Council.

Additionally, you can help our campaign by committing to talk to 5 friends, neighbors or family members in Compton and ask them to send an email as well.

3. SIGN the petition

Take Action Now!

Add your name to the voices demanding that the City of Compton Fix Our Streets Now!

 

Sign the petition to Fix Our Streets Now! Compton petition to urge Compton City Council to adopt the City Manager’s recommendations and to begin using Measure P funds to fix our streets. We can save millions while providing good jobs and restoring basic vital services in Compton.

Additionally, you can help our campaign by committing to talk to 5 friends, neighbors or family members in Compton and ask them to sign the petition with you.

Send a message to the Compton City Council. Tell them to Fix the Streets Now and put Compton residents first. Click the “READ THE PETITION” link on the right to read the message to the Compton City Council.

Fix Our Streets Now

  

Dear Councilmembers,

[your signature]

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4. Fix Our Streets Now! Day of Action

Join your neighbors for a Day of Action
targeting Councilmembers and urging them to
take action on Fixing Our Streets Now!

Make your voice heard during the public comments section of the meeting.

Date

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Time

5 PM

Where

City Hall
Council Chambers
205 S. Willowbrook Ave.
Compton, CA 90220

5. Share Your Story (And Ours Too)

We know the state of Compton’s streets have got you feeling some type of way.
No matter your mood about the condition of roads in Compton
and the City Council’s refusal to fix them–we’ve got you covered.

Share one of our short promo videos on social media
with the hashtag #fixcomptonstreets and tell us your personal story.

'Tear in My Heart' Promo Video

Use the Measure P dollars and fix the streets now!

'It's Time to Go' Promo Video

If the City Council can’t obey the will of the voters of Compton and fix the streets now, it’s time to go.

'Choices' Promo Video

Everybody’s got choices. Yup.  #ElectionDay

'Why You Always Hatin?' Promo Video

Dear Compton City Council, why you always hatin’? Fix our streets now!

Join the Campaign on Facebook

Share the Fix My Streets Now! Compton campaign with your family, friends, and neighbors on Facebook.

We Want to Hear From You!

Share pics & video of Compton potholes and other street damage. Social media helps to keep a spotlight on our terrible street conditions.

Use the hashtag:
#fixcomptonstreets

Email Us

info [at] fixourstreetsnow.com

Getting to City Hall

Compton City Hall is located at:
205 S Willowbrook Ave
Compton, CA 90220

Hours: 7AM – 6PM (Mon-Thu)