The first of two bills intended to dissolve the Southern California city of Vernon has been approved by a Senate committee. The measures are being pushed by Democratic State Assembly Speaker John Perez. He says the city of 96 residents has no Democratic government. He notes that over a 20 year period there were no city elections, and most residences are controlled by the city.
“The question before us now is how we deal with this unprecedented level of corruption and the absence of an independent electorate to bring reforms on their own behalf,” Perez said.
Perez’s bills would create a process to disincorporate any city that has fewer than 150 residents. Vernon is home to considerable industry and there’s strong opposition from its businesses and from the labor community.
Opponents also it’s unconstitutional for the legislature to pass a bill intended to get rid of one city. They say instead, Vernon should be reformed.