Have you ever been at stop light in Compton and someone on a horse pull up next to you like its nothing, well it really is nothing to them. Compton has long time been the home to Black Cowboys however day by day this is diminishing and the Documentary “Fire on the Hill” tells their story. The Doc is currently on Kickstarer now and they are seeking funding, hoping to tell the story of Compton’s long-running cowboy traditions, with a focus on the obstacles stacked against this thinning herd of devoted, modern-day riders, and about the black cowboys who are an often overlooked part of Los Angeles’ history as Curbed LA puts it. Please if nothing else click on the link and educate yourself about Los Angeles History and the African American Cowboys endeavors in the Hub City, but if you can please donate, I just donated $40.
African American life is obviously being expressed as something America can do without or holds no value, lets show America just how valuable we are. We need to continue to bond together and fight in numbers and Monday September 8th, TOMORROW, will be another chance to tell America its time to cut the crap, not only are we here but we belong here!
See the article in this week’s Wave Newspaper below highlighting gross non-compliance on county construction projects receiving federal dollars. Black contractors, black workers and women have been cut out of work despite federal laws requiring their participation. I had the opportunity to participate in the meeting with Ms. Pleasant referenced in the article, and first a hat tip to the NAACP, NAEJA and YBCA leaders for being on this issue. The extensiveness of the documentation is impressive and disturbing.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has been touting the local hire record at the MLK Hospital, which is to be commended. However, the reality is, the bulk of county money is being spent on hundreds of projects elsewhere – everything from sidewalks to courthouses. And the record outside the MLK Hospital complex based on the information I viewed and Ms. Pleasant reported on is abysmal. There are laws that are being broken, and the advocates on this issue have apparently been unable to get even a meeting with Supervisor, let alone agreement to champion enforcement of said laws.
Just like the Crenshaw Line project is being touted as this major job creator. “Thousands of jobs” is the claim of many politicians. The reality is at most the project will employ 250-300 construction workers at any one point. Do the math: if one out of every 3 of those workers is black that is just 83-100 jobs. Far more than 100 jobs will be lost from the 4-5 year long street-level and cut-and-cover construction period and even more economic loss will occur long-term from the street-level design in Park Mesa Heights.
These are just the facts and intended to help provide a full perspective so that you can hold your politicians on the LA County and MTA board accountable.
Yours In the Struggle,
Crenshaw Subway Coalition
This CONTEMPORARY 4 Bed 2 Bath home has been COMPLETELY REMODELED by an INTERIOR DESIGNER. Located in up and coming Compton due the to the new Mayor of Compton, Aja Brown, check out this awesome property located in a nice neighborhood in Compton. No one has lived in it since its recent remodel; it looks & feels BRAND NEW!! No expense has been spared in using the BEST QUALITY MATERIAL. Enjoy the open CUSTOM KITCHEN, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, and new STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. Alarm system, Central heat & AC ready. NEW FLOORING throughout the home gives it character. The property offers a SPACIOUS OPEN FLOOR PLAN. It has been CUSTOM PAINTED from the inside out. Remodel done with permits. All yours for $329,900.
Work is underway on Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments, a $19.5-million housing community near several transit stops, including the light rail Metro Blue Line.
The project is being developed by Meta Housing Corp. of Los Angeles, which specializes in building subsidized housing for families and senior citizens. Residents of Metro @ Compton must be 55 or older.
The County of Los Angeles Housing Authority helped fund the 75-unit complex under construction at 302 N. Tamarin Ave. in Compton. The development is across the street from the recently completed Compton Senior Center.
In office for less than 7 months and Mayor Brown has already cut Compton’s deep budget deficit nearly in half. She’s started a gang intervention and community-policing program, using tax incentives to lure more businesses. This young lady is doing it! Mayor Brown is offering residents of Compton something they been missing for a long time, a simple peace of mind and safety while enjoying their own neighborhood. There is a lot more work ahead for Mayor Brown But I just want to say she is off to an Awesome start! Please keep up the great work Mayor Brown.
Get used to Mayor Aja Brown, I have a pretty good feeling shes going to be around for awhile. That’s probably a good thing since shortly before she took office, Compton was forty million dollars in debt and on the brink of insolvency. “It’s really only twenty million,” Mayor Brown explains, as if it’s water off her back. Vogue Magazine just did a piece on Mayor Aja Brown, How awesome being I don’t vogue feature other mayors. “There were a lot of duplication on the books.” I’m not sure what this means, but Compton has a history of corruption. In fact, her opponent, former Mayor Omar Bradley, whom she handily defeated in a runoff, was facing corruption charges at the time of the election. Brown adds, “We have a very fiscally conservative accountant now. We’ve managed to restructure the debt, reduce the interest on our bank loans, and right now we have a budget surplus.” Change has already come to Compton. Picture courtesy of California Young Democrats Black Caucus.
In light of the Trayvon Martin case, Atty. Jaaye Person-Lynn will moderate a panel tonight: What Do We Tell Our Sons? Please don’t miss this forum from the legal perspective! Don’t let your sons and daughters navigate Los Angeles without these details! Sponsored by Black Women Lawyers, Inc., and N.A.N.
This is forum is your legal community in action, doing our part to ensure that Trayvon Martin’s, Kendrick McDade’s, Oscar Grant’s, and the many others unnecessary deaths will not be in vein. Knowledge is Power and gives Confidence. This is literally the type of knowledge that saves lives! I look forward to seeing you.
Now nearing the completion of The North Downtown Master Plan, Compton is truly emerging as a Live, Work, Play city. Compton has completed work on an awesome new Martin Luther King Transit Center (with a huge C-O-M-P-T-O-N sign that I kinda wanna take a picture inf front, like I’m not a local), the first phase of the Gateway Towne Center, and slew of housing development; and with a newly appointed mayor, one can say Compton is truly on the rise. Completion of the North Downtown Master Plan consist of the already almost finish portion of, what was told to me by a Compton City Hall employee, office and more retail face. The entire project is designed to facilitate a safe, vibrant, efficient, and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. The master plan incorporates approximately new residential units, a Compton Senior Activity Center, Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center, transit plaza, office and retail space, and more. The North Downtown Master Plan promotes a sustainable land use while improving the overall quality of life for Compton’s residents.
If you haven’t noticed Compton is in the midst of renaissance with real estate and community development projects taking place all over town. But in the latest news to us, old news to Compton residents, Compton has a Cricket team, Compton Cricket Club, and its been up and running since 1997. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields, almost like an English version of Baseball. CCC was born in downtown Los Angeles’s Dome Village before migrating to Compton where it changed a community. Early cricket was at some time or another described as “a club striking a ball (like) the ancient games of club-ball, stool-ball, trap-ball, stob-ball. Cricket can definitely be traced back to Tudor times in early 16th-century England. Prince Edward has even acknowledged the CCC, setting up match between them and Windsor Palace staff.