A native Californian, Councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux retired from the Compton Unified School District after 26 years of dedicated service and commitment to the education of Compton’s youth.
Councilwoman Arceneaux was elected to the Compton City Council in 1993, to represent the Third District. She has faithfully served five terms and on July 1, 2013 she will be starting her sixth term. Mrs. Arceneaux has the distinction of having the second longest tenure of service in the history of the Compton City Council. She takes pride in her community activism and involvement in numerous civic organizations.
While serving as Councilwoman, Mrs. Arceneaux has been especially responsive to the needs of the community and has served as a formidable advocate on behalf of her constituents. Key focal points have been overall beautification of the City, with a special emphasis on improving and revitalizing the Compton Creek.
Councilwoman Arceneaux chairs the Compton Creek Task Force. Under her leadership, the group has been the driving force behind the development of a master plan for the Compton Creek Regional Garden Park, a multi-million dollar project that includes new open space for the City and improvements to the creek and surrounding neighborhoods. When completed, the park will provide opportunities for recreation for children of all ages, and is expected to attract tourism from around the world.
Councilwoman Arceneaux, in collaboration with members of LMU, sent one of Compton’s teachers to the Urban Ecology Institute at Boston College for one week of training for educators. This is a nationwide program and is used to inspire student learning and affective outcomes in relation to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM ) careers. The students eat what they grow and are conducting scientific investigations regarding food production.
During her 20 years in office, Mrs. Arceneaux has initiated numerous projects and programs that have benefited not only the City of Compton, but also surrounding communities. Some of her most noteworthy achievements include, but are not limited to, the following: The Compton Crime Task Force, the Father of the Year Awards Ceremony, and the Seniors Are Compton’s Sweethearts Award. Mrs. Arceneaux also championed passage of the ordinance that made Compton the first city in the State of California to ban alcohol and tobacco billboards. She also championed passage of the Loud Noise ordinance. To help keep Compton clean, safe and healthy, Councilwoman Arceneaux presented council with a Smoke Free Compton initiative.
Councilwoman Arceneaux is a Board Member of the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District where she addresses issues such as the West Nile virus. She was appointed Director of the Metropolitan Water Department in April 2009 and was inspirational in the City’s sponsorship of the Solar Cup Program to the Compton High School team.
Councilwoman Arceneaux and her husband, Herbert, have lived in the City of Compton for over 30 years, where they have raised their three children. Mrs. Arceneaux is an active member of the Holy Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Compton.
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