At Tuesday night’s Compton City Council meeting, the Council took several important steps which we believe could lead toward both more responsible government and a balanced budget that restores services and good jobs in Compton.
First, the Council voted to limit the city manager’s spending authority to $5,000 without Council approval. This action increases transparency so the Council and the public can follow spending closely. Also, the action helps prevent the illegal replacement of laid off city workers with temps who might otherwise be paid under purchase orders.
Second, the Council rejected the city manager’s proposal to amend the budget. His plan would have led to more illegal layoffs without addressing the real budget problems.
“In both cases the Council showed a smart approach to fixing Compton’s budget problems. I hope this is just the beginning,” said SEIU 721 Compton Chapter President James Walker.
Both vote tallies were 3 (Arceneaux, Jones, Zurtia) to 2 (Dobson, Peredin).