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Compton mayor misses most meetings, still gets paid

Despite being paid one of the highest salaries in Los Angeles County for a part-time mayor, Eric Perrodin of Compton is often missing in action.

Between July 7, 2009, and July 13 of this year, Perrodin was absent from board and commission meetings nearly two-thirds of the time, attending only 59 of 162 scheduled sessions, records show. On some occasions when he did show up, he was more than an hour late or left the meeting in less than half an hour.

But he still got paid.

The mayor and City Council members, who are also part-time employees, are paid more than most of their counterparts in Los Angeles County, records show. Between their monthly council stipend, pay for sitting on four boards and commissions, and auto allowance, Compton council members make $55,800 annually while Perrodin earns $63,000.

The officials get their monthly pay regardless of whether they attend meetings, including for the month of August, when no meetings are held.

During the 12-month period, the mayor, who works full time as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, showed up to 25 of 41 council meetings. On nine occasions, he arrived late or left early, according to city records.

His absence at board and commission meetings during the same period was even more glaring. He showed up to only one of 19 Housing Development Commission meetings and nine of 30 sessions of the Public Finance Authority, records show. He attended less than one-third of Gaming Commission meetings and was a no-show for 26 of 42 Urban Community Development Commission meetings.

Read the full story here: "Compton mayor, whose salary for his part-time post is unusually high, misses many meetings."

-- Ann M. Simmons and Abby Sewell

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Does this come as a surprise to anyone? Over the past few decades, politicians have realized the people who pay their salaries are too busy working to keep up on what is happening in the halls of power. As a result of this realization they have been pulling these types of stunts systematically across every level of government. The highly publicized Bell incident is just the tip of the iceberg as far as localized corruption goes. Once the watchers realize they are not being watched, the power begins to corrupt absolutely. Rather than having the integrity to step up with complete dedication to Compton or conversly, step aside for someone who will, you have this individual stradling the fence just because they can. Sadly, its no surprise that his 'other' job is also funded by tax dollars no doubt earning an unjustifiably large pension there as well.

This mayor is betting that he will stay under the radar because the citizens of Compton are similar to Bell -- they don't know what is going on. He is absolutely double-dipping by working two jobs and getting 2 pensions. Any big corporation would have terminated him for no-shows at the meetings. Tune in to the council meetings and watch how rude he is to the citizens. How much did this Mayor spend to advertise the upcoming gospel concert in top local newspapers -- it was hard to miss his big grinning face which got top billing. And, no I am not one of the people currently trying to have him re-called.

It is no surprise to anyone living in South East Los Angeles County that all the leadership of the small incorporated communities have to be investigated.
These people get a taste of power and start running the cities as if they were an oligarchy. It's pathetic.

Just wait until they see how much money he's been getting from "other sources."

Yep, here we go again! Another city, another scandal in the works!

One item at last nights meeting was to passify his babies mama .....item 23..shot down by citizen who knew the scoop. True or false.....true. city manager knows the truth that is why he is gone today.


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