DA warns Compton that payments to council and mayor are illegal

The Los Angeles County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice sent a let­ter to Compton warn­ing of­fi­cials that the may­or and coun­cil mem­bers have been il­leg­ally boost­ing their salar­ies for years by pay­ing them­selves for com­mis­sion meet­ings that some­times las­ted only about a minute. In some cases, of­fi­cials were paid “wheth­er or not the com­mis­sion mem­ber at­ten­ded the meet­ing,” the pro­sec­utor’s of­fice said in the Ju­ly 17 let­ter to the Compton city at­tor­ney. Compton of­fi­cials deny wrong­do­ing.