News Release| Pat Brown Institute; Cal State L.A.

November 15, 2013


Compton Mayor Aja Brown is PBI’s Distinguished Lecturer

Brown to share strategy for transforming troubled city

 WHAT:         New City of Compton Mayor Aja Brown will share her strategies to transform her troubled city Nov. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m., at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) as the Edmund “G” Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs’ 2013 Distinguished Lecturer.

Mayor Brown, an urban planner, has an ambitious vision for the city that includes comprehensive fiscal reform, construction projects, jobs, and civic engagement.

In just five months, Brown has made significant cuts to Compton’s deep budget deficit. She has also launched a gang intervention and community-policing program, and is using tax incentives to lure business back to the city.

The PBI 2013 Distinguished Lecture will be preceded by a reception and welcome remarks from California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and CSULA President William A. Covino.

WHEN:       The PBI Distinguished Lecturer event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at CSULA in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. The reception will take place from 6 to 7 p.m.

WHERE:       CSULA is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. Free parking is available in the upper level of Parking Structure C. For a campus map and directions:

CONTACT:    Paul Browning at (323) 343-3044, or mobile phone at (323) 203-6128.


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