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Many well-known NBA players attended high school in the city as well. Despite the shift in population, many black professional athletes and entertainers are originally from Compton. Blacks continue to dominate local politics, holding most elected positions in the city. Although an inner suburb of Los Angeles, Compton has seen an increase of middle-class residents in the last few years, due to its affordable housing despite the portrayals of Compton in the media, which are typically exaggerated.
With the influx of immigrants and the demographic shift in ethnic population, it was after the U. Census that Latinos were recognized as the majority. West Compton and unincorporated Willowbrook have more middle class blacks than the central city west of Alameda St.
Lower-income subsections on Compton Boulevard have many businesses owned by Latinos. The city is known as the home of many famous rappers. Its founder, Ted Hayessaid, "The aim of playing cricket is to teach people how to respect themselves and respect authority so they stop killing each other. The cemetery was built in and survived the Long Beach earthquake. Martin Luther King Jr. This Civic Center monument is dedicated to the memory of Dr.
It contains a historic marker and plaque placed by the Daughters of the Golden West in The oldest house in Compton, it was restored as a tribute to early settlers. It is an important landmark of Compton's rich history. At the corner of Myrrh and Willowbrook near the Civic Center Plaza, the Heritage House is a rustic-looking home that will eventually have a museum detailing early life in Compton.
For now it shows the stark difference between the simple life of the 19th century and the fast-paced urban environment of the 21st. Municipal government[ edit ] After Lionel Cadean accountant, assumed the mayor's office inone of the first orders of business was to conduct an audit of the city's finances.
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The administration was able to eliminate the huge deficit in one year by making cuts in every department. It also aggressively sought federal funding to help pay for essential services, which was at least partially effective. However, with the passage of the property tax cutting initiative Proposition 13 by California voters, Compton was one of the cities hardest hit, since it had already eliminated most of the excess from its budget. Inthe Compton Police Department was disbanded amidst controversy and charges of corruption.
The police department claims it was disbanded after investigations of gang activity led to then-Compton Mayor Omar Bradley. Once this became public, the mayor charged it was the police who were themselves corrupt, and he disbanded the police department. Omar Bradley has since faced serious corruption charges. Perrodinthe city's former mayor, was investigated in by the California State Bar for threatening to violate a local newspaper's First Amendment rights after the paper printed an investigative report relative to a contract granted to one of Perrodin's associates.
Following the report, Perrodin threatened to yank the city's advertising contract with the paper  A Times review of city records shows Perrodin was absent from city board and commission meetings nearly two-thirds of the time between July and July Some of the accusations involve the issuing of city contracts to personal donors and friends.
One particular accusation involved the trash and recycling contract of the city to Pacific Coast Waste and Recycling LLC in whose leadership donated large amounts of money to Perrodin's political coffers. The DIY spirit permeated all aspects of the scene.
People printed their own fanzines. Dirt, and Bragg Ragg were a few. There was also a healthy downtown poetry scene with blistering slam poetry events. In all of Bitch Magnet worked at Clamshell Buildings. We delivered and assembled deployable aircraft hangers out of a warehouse at the end of Santa Barbara Street next to the beach.
One night we took the truck and a foot flat bed trailer and loaded it up with all the gear: We crossed Highway at the light and drove to State St. We ran the smoke, fired up the lights and PA.
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I played trumpet and mini wearable keyboard and was lead vocals in a band called The Generics. I was also in an all girl band called Nancy Drew and the Clues, which morphed into Sherock an all girl band-duh!
I was a guitarist who played and sang in a couple of different bands…The Jetsuns and for a little while, The Tearaways. Joining me and them was Mike Farr on keyboards. She convinced my dad that he should move the family there too, which we did.
I think he was eventually managing the place and booking some of the gigs there. Back in the day there were so many different kinds of bands playing the local scene because there were actually venues for live music by local bands.
Once we began singing and writing together we knew that this was a relationship that was going to last. DeMIlle is a gifted entertainer.
He was the front man for The Cocktails From Hell. With Scott Brown on rhythm and Jim Schaffer on chronic lead, no one was safe.
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Cecil could go out on stage in any condition and perform. His vocal range is the same as Iggy Pop. He looks like Patty Smith. He dances better than Jagger. The Sex Pistols in England, the Ramones stateside, and the Three Johnnys in Australia all simultaneously and independently erupted like fetid boils out of rotting flesh. The Rotters were the first to pick up the gauntlet in SB. The Spoilers and the Neighbors came next.
Visionary concert promoter Gary Tovar came to town and started booking huge, enormously popular punk shows at La Casa de la Raza and the Goleta Valley Community Center.
Live bands were an unequivocal part of teenage life in SB in the 80s. The SB band scene envelopes most all of my great memories of fun times in the 80s. Truly the fabric of my teenage life at the time. Though no member of The Tan would know me or recognize my name, I feel like I grew up with them as best friends. We moved to Santa Barbara in from Phoenix. Our band had been playing steadily in Phoenix for years, and we were fortunate enough to carry that momentum into the club scene in Santa Barbara.
It was a thriving and competitive music scene with top quality bands. But the nightclubs were dark, stuffy, windowless boxes. There was no reason for windows because there was nothing to see outside but a barren wasteland overlaid with traffic and stucco mini-malls.
The author in a completely candid moment. At that time, apartment rents in the area were much lower and communal living situations were common, but most musicians also had jobs. Commercial rents were also lower and clubs that featured live music were popping up here and there. Graduate students were more able to remain in town to pursue their art but that became more difficult as rents increased and the jobs dried up.
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After that he formed Giant Eden with Laurie Dalton. Last time I saw him was when he stayed at my apartment in NYC. Our father was, and still is, a very progressive thinker, and his philosophy was to let us do whatever we wanted to do. He started a school there in Spain based on that philosophy and we played music there.
We even went on tour in the south of France for a summer in a band we called The Silk Purse. It was pancreatic cancer that took George away from us. He had beaten it once before but when it came back it came back hard. George fought hard but ultimately succumbed. He was surrounded by love at the end and if you have to go, I guess this is the best way. All of us who knew George will always remember his laugh, smile, and easy-going nature.
He will always be remembered by those who knew him as a positive, creative and loving man. With a wicked sense of humor that was with him till the end. Rest in peace dear friend. You are loved and missed. George spent his final weeks in a wonderful hospice in Santa Barbara called Sarah House. He had many visitors, the staff loved how he appreciated all the smallest of creature comforts.
His girlfriend Sheryl was by his side and took great care of him. On gig days Nighttime packed bars on both levels. Dance floor downstairs near the stage. Playing for the dancers and for the crowd of onlookers draped over that plummet-preventing balustrade, cocktails in hand. You missed it, J-o-h-n.
We were courted heavily by many labels and were offered a deal by Ron Fair then off Chrysalis. We were excited until one of the members blew the deal. During this time, Greg and I played with Pat Milliken. Pat was one of the kindest, most generous guys I knew. Every one loved him and respected his musical ability. He had an array of medical problems.
He played every gig as if it was his last. Ironically he passed away hours after seeing McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl. We eventually scored an incredible rehearsal studio in the Balboa Building basement De La Guerra and State that we had for years.
Actually many bands ended up renting space in the basement. It was then that I met and joined the Tearaways. The town was crawling with great musicians, and many of them were opening for big bands that would pass through town. Jeff Foskett is the keeper of the flame for the Beach Boys, and Randell Kirsch still plays with them at times too. It was a narrow shoe box of a club with actual fold down theater seats along the wall and a bathroom in back that you accessed by walking through the middle of the stage.
The drums were set right next to the bathroom door, so it could, at times, be a particularly noxious set. Robin was also a prolific writer. He could write a song in the same amount of time it would take you and I to put on our socks.
But he was most at home on stage, and he loved to be on stage, and when he was on stage he left it all out there.