CA: Compton - It's Over
- State Supreme Court refuses to intervene in Compton mayor's race
By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press Writer
Published 12:00 a.m. PST Friday, Mar. 1, 2002
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - Eric Perrodin begins his first day as mayor
all over again following the state Supreme Court's refusal to block
an appeals court order that ousted his predecessor.
Perrodin, who was sworn into office at City Hall on Thursday
afternoon, said he believes that action, and the latest court ruling,
will finally end a months-long power struggle between himself and
former Mayor Omar Bradley.
"It's over," Perrodin said, urging Bradley's side to abandon the feud.
The Los Angeles County deputy district attorney first became mayor of
this troubled Los Angeles suburb last June when he defeated the
incumbent Bradley by 281 votes.
Bradley sued, however, charging election irregularities. On Feb. 8
Superior Court Judge Judith Chirlin ordered the former mayor returned
to office, ruling that the placement of Perrodin's name first on all
ballots gave him an unfair statistical advantage that influenced the
On Tuesday an appeals court ordered Perrodin reinstalled as head of
the city that has been troubled by gang violence, underperforming
schools and political corruption. Bradley supporters, still smarting
from that decision, engaged in a brief shouting match with Perrodin
supporters at City Hall as Perrodin was being sworn in Thursday.
The conflict ended peacefully as both sides left through separate
exits, and Perrodin promised to smooth over their differences.
"I think I can be a point of healing for the city," he said. "That's
what I want. My main goal wasn't to be a politician."