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Los Angeles City Council votes to support Vernon disincorporation bill

Profile on the city of Vernon, including demographics, local schools and crime statistics. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to support a bill in the Legislature that would disincorporate the city of Vernon and make it a part of Los Angeles County.

The vote followed a tense two-hour public discussion of the bill, which has been staunchly opposed by Vernon city officials and business and labor leaders in the city. A contingent of 200 to 300 business owners and union members protested the vote outside City Hall and packed the council chamber.

At the hearing, opponents of the bill argued that it would hurt businesses and cause job losses. They emphasized the low electricity rates that Vernon provides as well as its lower taxes.

On the other side, a group of leaders from surrounding communities, including two officials from the neighboring city of Maywood, argued that Vernon was a major source of pollution and that its leaders failed to operate in a transparent way.

Many voiced support for the bill's author, Assembly Speaker John Perez, who represents Vernon's district. The council ultimately sided strongly with Perez, praising him for his effort and thanking him for appearing at the meeting.

"It's a corrupt little town," Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. "We want to make sure we preserve the jobs, but we want to kick the crooks out."

The bill would create an opportunity for Los Angeles to annex Vernon, but L.A. officials said they are focused only on eliminating corruption in the industrial city and maintaining the jobs its businesses provide.

Council members requested that the bill, AB 46, be amended to include measures that would protect Vernon's businesses. Perez said he would "absolutely" agree to add such amendments to his bill, which is set to be considered this month by the Assembly's Local Government Committee.

If successful, the bill would mark the first-ever forced disincorporation of a California charter city. Vernon is home to about 1,800 business and 50,000 workers and has an annual budget of about $300 million.

"My only question is why? Why would you consider supporting AB 46?" asked Peter Corselli, who manages US Growers, a cold-storage business in Vernon. "Many businesses have said, 'If the city goes away, so do we.'"

Martin Perez, a coordinator from Teamsters Local 63, said hundreds of union members could lose their jobs if the bill is passed.

"We really don't understand what the true motive is," he said.

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-- Sam Allen

 
Comments () | Archives (10)

As a citizen of Vernon, I don't want to be a part of "the mess" called LA County!

LA Times, your censoring me again because I do not agree with your ideology!

We really don't understand what the true motive is," he said.
That's easy, taxes. LA Council has a short fall and the taxes and the coffers of Vernon could be theirs for the taking.

Check out who is paying for these people to show up and protest...right back to vernon probably!

Yeah, Vernon city employees, business owners and Teamsters all in it together. We can be sure that Vernon is a den of corruption.

"We really don't understand what the true motive is," he said.

really, really and this guy runs a business

300 million dollar budget added to LA city general fund
from a region with zero residents (therefore no need for parks, schools , as much police or fire services etc)

it's a gold mine

It seem to me that LA has gotten too big for their britches. Mayby we should vote to disincoporate LA City.
What a shame. May someone intelligent save Vernon from the thiefs of Los Angeles.

After it's disincorporated, L.A. should annex Vernon and make it part of the city.

WOW, they're all in the hurry to disincorporate Vernon, but little to no mention of Breaking up other corrupt cities like bell/maywood/Cudahy/Montebello. What a surprise

"We really don't understand what the true motive is..."

Ummmm......the City Council wants the tax dollars that come with the annexation of Vernon.......DUH!!!!!


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