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East L.A. cityhood takes a step forward

January 9, 2009 | 11:52 am

Whittier Boulevard may be seeing some much needed upgrades soonThe cityhood drive in East Los Angeles took a major step forward today when officials announced the campaign gathered enough petition signatures to have voters consider the issue.

Backers gathered more than 11,000 verified signatures, more than what was required.

They hope that incorporating the community of 143,000 people will amplify East Los Angeles’ voice, aiding efforts to improve roads, fight gangs and provide more youth programs. Past efforts at cityhood in the predominately Latino unincorporated district have failed.

The election would likely take place in 2010.

--Hector Becerra

Photo: East L.A. cityhood could be the road to improvements of Whittier Boulevard. Credit: Los Angeles Times