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Compton mayor's charity tie-in to State of the City talk raises eyebrows

Compton mayor's charity tie-in to State of the City talk raises eyebrows

When Compton Mayor Aja Brown delivered her first State of the City address last month, the city arranged for residents to watch the event on a big screen at a local gym. Attendees at the free viewing were offered hot dogs and potato chips. But those who were willing to shell out at least $100 to a local charity were invited to a more exclusive gala at a city-owned community center, where guests were treated to wine, stuffed chicken breast and cheesecake before the mayor's speech. The beneficiary of that event was a charitable organization founded by the mayor and her husband. The arrangement has raised eyebrows in the working-class community, where city events don't typically...

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