Pérez acknowledged that the exact process of disincorporation is uncertain because it is so rare. Only one city has been disincorporated by the state Legislature in the last 83 years.
Few details are known about the dissolution of Felton in 1917.
The municipality of Hornitos, a nearly deserted mining town in Mariposa County, was dissolved by statute in 1973, according to records. Leroy Radanovich, a Mariposa County historian, said the effort was met with little opposition. Hornitos had only 25 residents at the time, he said.