In her first foray onto the political stage, Janna Zurita was overwhelmingly elected to the Compton City Council on June 7, 2011, soundly defeating eight-year incumbent Barbara Calhoun to represent the First District.
Born and reared in Compton, Councilmember Zurita is the daughter of retired public administrator Clarence Zurita and former two term Compton City Councilmember Delores Zurita. She is the sister of Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees President Satra Zurita.
A product of the Compton Unified School District, Councilmember Zurita graduated from Compton High School in 1982. She furthered her education at Compton Community College and Long Beach City College, where she was trained and certified as a surgical nurse.
Prior to being elected to the Compton City Council, Zurita worked at various hospitals in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. She also managed her own business.
Janna Zurita began her community service in her early teens as a volunteer career serving meals to seniors in the Compton area Meals On Wheels Program, which has been directed by her mother for more than 42 years. The Dickison Community Lighted Schools Meals On Wheels Program was started by Delores Zurita and Blondell Filer in 1968. Since 2008 she has worked for the program as a community organizer for seniors. She has also served as a fundraiser and special events coordinator. Zurita has been an active member of the PTA for many years.
On July 12, 2010, Zurita was elected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, representing the 52nd Assembly District.
The youngest member of the Compton City Council, Councilmember Zurita was selected as Mayor Pro Tem on July 5, 2011. She currently represents the city as an alternate on the California Joint Powers Authority and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (District 1).
As a member of the Compton City Council, Zurita is championing the causes she promised to address when campaigning. She has led the charge to reduce water rates in the City of Compton. Working to improve the quality of life for all Compton residents, Councilmember Zurita supports public safety, clean and safe parks and neighborhoods, enhanced street and sidewalk services, new business development, and senior services.