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East L.A. cityhood plan rejected; advocates weigh options

February 8, 2012 | 12:43 pm

The county’s Local Agency Formation Commission on Wednesday rejected the proposed incorporation of East Los Angeles, potentially ending a years-long bid by thousands of residents to create a new city.

The panel, empowered by state law to oversee changes in local jurisdictional lines, voted 8 to 1 to disapprove incorporation after a staff report that concluded the proposed city would not be economically viable.

Advocates decried the action, saying they wanted more time to explore options for additional revenue. They also said residents should be allowed to vote on the proposal and whether new taxes should be imposed to make the proposed city more fiscally sound.

“I was disappointed and saddened,” said Diana Tarango, vice president of the East Los Angeles Residents Assn. The commission “didn’t give people the opportunity to make the decision,” she said.

A member of the residents' group's board, Ana Mascareñas, said the group will explore remaining options to move forward with the cityhood effort.

One possibility is to seek reconsideration by the commission. Another would be to file a legal challenge.

Mascareñas said she was most disappointed that the commission acted, despite pleas by her group to give residents more time to consider financing alternatives for the proposed city. 

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