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    Selected Excerpt: "Erickson: Danny Bakewell wasn't available for comment, but his attorney ( Ricky Ivie), the man who wrote this agreement, says Bakewell hasn't paid back the $3.5 million because the City of Compton hasn't completed the paperwork to close the deal. He says he hasn't even heard from Compton."


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    "There was a vision to separate the corporations and church before I became pastor," he said. "Nothing illegal or wrong is done here. Everything is proper."

    Rickey Ivie, an attorney for the nonprofit corporations and board, called the lawsuit "unprofessional, unnecessary and exceedingly premature" and said he expected them to be "completely vindicated of any claim of impropriety."


    YouTube: "Compton: Corruption, Incompetence, or Just Business As Usual?" by KCETSoCalConnected, Mar 27, 2013


    "Compton: Corruption, Incompetence, or Just Business As Usual?" March 27, 2013

    This is a story that many people in Compton would probably prefer you don't see. It's about how the Compton city government works -- or doesn't work.

    "SoCal Connected" spent three months looking at Compton, a city that has been plagued by street politics and accusations of scandal. We found questionable expenditures, big loans that haven't been paid back, and council members making up to $1,500 an hour. Reporter Laurel Erickson has our exclusive investigation.


    Laurel Erickson: No one says the folks in Compton live on Easy Street. It's one of the poorest places in L.A. County. They've even talked about bankruptcy. But it may also be a place for easy money.

    Lucrative contracts, unpaid loans, money for meetings that last just minutes. It's all part of our three-month investigation into Compton City Hall.

    Erickson to Council Member Willie O. Jones: You're getting $7,800 a year and the city is just 10 square miles.

    Erickson to Council Member Lillie Dodson: How much time do you spend on those commissions?

    Erickson to City Manager Harold Duffey: What happened? Did he get his loan forgiven?

    After reviewing hundreds of Compton City Council meetings and minutes going back to 2009, we had a lot of questions, and it was difficult to get answers, as you'll soon see.

    Erickson on the phone: I'm trying to find out how much money the city council members make. How much do they get for a meeting, do you know that? The budget says seventy-seven nine nine six. I think it's for the council members. Are you saying that's for the mayor?
    We eventually determined that each council member makes about $55,000 for that part-time position. We also learned most of that money – 73 percent – comes from sitting on commissions that may meet as little as three minutes!......................

    ..........Erickson: But what really puzzled us was this small note in a hundred-page financial document. It appears to say developer Danny Bakewell owed Compton $3.1 million, but that debt was forgiven and the city expected to receive just $327,000. What happened? It was all part of a "Mutual Release of Claims and Settlement Agreement" between Compton and Bakewell.

    Bakewell is prominent in the African-American civil rights community, and over the years, he's also received millions of dollars in contracts and loans from Compton for redevelopment projects. He is also a major contributor to Compton city council members, having given thousands of dollars to their campaigns. As for that agreement dealing with Bakewell's debts, we tried for two months to get it.

    Erickson on the phone: Can you tell me what the name of the document is that I would look for? The city clerk says somebody else has it, and you say the city clerk has it. I'm just trying to understand, did he pay back that loan? But where do I get these documents? That's the whole thing, it's so hard.

    Stern: This contract was for $3 million. So this something that should be at the top of the radar for everybody. The contract should be available. People just understand what's going on here.

    Erickson on the phone: Wait a second. This is getting confusing.

    At one point we were told by a city employee the contract was lost.

    Stern: Maybe they can't find the records, but somebody was involved with it. The city attorney, the city treasurer, city council -- somebody should be able to tell you what this was all about.

    Erickson: We tried last week at City Hall.

    Erickson to Jones: But I'm trying to find out if this loan was forgiven or not.

    Jones: I could not tell you the details of the loan.

    Erickson to Perrodin: We've been trying to get somebody to explain this to us. Can you explain it?

    Perrodin: I would have to refer you to the city attorney.

    Erickson: We also tried the head of the redevelopment agency Dr. Kofi Boakye. It was his agency that agreed to the plan.

    Boakye: Why don't you read what is there and then draw a conclusion from it, because if it's there, you should be able to read it.

    Erickson: Next, the city clerk, Alita Godwin.

    Erickson: What is going on with Compton? I don't understand it.

    Godwin: Well, as it relates to this, this is not in my field as the clerk. So anything that relates to this you'd probably have to get an answer from the city manager.

    Duffey: Well, this is a pretty big deal.

    Erickson: And we did. Harold Duffey is city manager. And after our appearance at City Hall, he provided the document.

    This is the settlement agreement from 2006. In it, Compton says Bakewell's company owed the city money, citing outstanding balances on the "initial purchase price" of a land deal and on a separate "development loan." It also says Bakewell used the development loan money to pay back real estate taxes and renovations.

    Erickson: The city made concessions. It agreed to wipe away liens and clean the titles on Bakewell's properties. It also agreed to environmental cleanup demands. And in exchange, Bakewell agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle his debts over 35 years.

    City Manager Harold Duffey said he didn't even know about the deal until we brought it up. He told us Bakewell hasn't made any payments on the $3.5 million debt since it was done seven years ago.

    Erickson: Danny Bakewell wasn't available for comment, but his attorney, the man who wrote this agreement, says Bakewell hasn't paid back the $3.5 million because the City of Compton hasn't completed the paperwork to close the deal. He says he hasn't even heard from Compton.
    Stern: The overall question is, "Who's watching, who is paying attention to what is going on here?" With newspapers being cut back and TV stations not that interested, the officials think they can get away with this.

    Erickson: Well maybe. Bur there's an election in Compton in two weeks, with several seats up for grabs. Three-term mayor Eric Perrodin hopes he'll get reelected based on his motto of the city, "Birthing a New Compton." But that slogan may be falling flat, at least for this resident.

    Unidentified man: If this was the new birth that they was talking about, oh man! We need an abortion right now!"
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