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Bill targets Vernon's cityhood

Assembly speaker wants to dissolve the small municipality after a series of civic scandals.

December 05, 2010|By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times

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.

Pérez said the disincorporation of Vernon would be complex and that certain issues would have to be addressed as the legislative process unfolds, such as the future of Vernon's power department; its bond obligations; and the fate of the city's employees, including police and firefighters.

"There are a lot of people who find what's going on in Vernon completely offensive," Pérez said. "I'm always willing to look at other options. I have not seen a better option presented."

samuel.allen@latimes.com

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