Ralph Shaffer: It's now time to dismantle city of Vernon

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SIXTY years ago a young UCLA professor surprised his urban geography students by suggesting that the city of Vernon shouldn't exist.
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F M SHAW

La Puente, CA

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Oct 15, 2010
 
At last the comment section is working.

The scandal in Bell is small change compared to what the city of Vernon is costing the people who work there but are denied the benefit of that city's great wealth in property. When will we change our outdated system of local government financing so that the working class can get a fair share of the wealth that their labor has produced? Disincorporating Vernon would be a start. Next, the city of Industry.
Josh

Anaheim, CA

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Oct 18, 2010
 
A city is not required to provide "human services." People vote in policy makers that provide them these services, which the people then agree to pay for through taxes. Where is it mandated that a City must provide parks, libraries and other services. The City of Vernon has a class 1 fire department and 4 fire stations that provides unparalleled service to the community. The roads are smooth, power rates low and police protection top notch. Its constituency are the businesses and they flock there because their needs are met unlike "bedroom" communities with higher taxes, electric rates and slower safety response times. Businesses choose Vernon because of these factors, and people choose bedroom communities because of "human" services.
THESAULSTER

Los Angeles, CA

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Oct 19, 2010
 
ghay ahss city
COV

Englewood, CO

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Oct 23, 2010
 
To: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez,

Please do not pursue the disincorporation of the City of Vernon. This would be bad for the City of Vernon Businesses. Vernon is a very business friendly City. Do not 'cut off the arm just because of a cut on the finger',
The main problem is the control that the City Council and the City Administrator have over the city owned housing which comprises of most of the housing (voters) located in Vernon. Thus allowing them unchallenged power.
The solution to this is simple. The Attorney General or District Attorney removes the city owned housing from the hands of Vernon leaders and has the housing administered by a housing rental company or a board made up of city business owner, with the latter being the best option.
Then increase the voter base by requiring Vernon to build approximately one hundred homes on the vacant twenty acre city owned property located at Fruitland and Boyle avenue, Build an apartment complex next to their existing apartments, and houses or apartments at the Atlantic and District avenue vacant lot. All placed under the control of the housing rental company or city business owner board. The rental company or city business owner board and Vernon officials must never have any contact with each other.
The building of additional residences would also make Vernon comply with the state mandate to provide low income housing which they have not done.
Then evict all existing city resident that have received residency from the day that Eric T. Fresch became City Administrator to the present date. Any person moved into the city housing during that period will have connections with the Fresch family, the City Administrator and the city counsel. Remove all city Councilmen from office and city housing.
Then hold an election in which the new residents would vote. This would guarantee that the votes are not under the control of city council, the city Administrator and Eric T. Fresch.
PROBLEM SOLVED!
THESAULSTER

Los Angeles, CA

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Feb 24, 2011
 
Josh wrote:
A city is not required to provide "human services." People vote in policy makers that provide them these services, which the people then agree to pay for through taxes. Where is it mandated that a City must provide parks, libraries and other services. The City of Vernon has a class 1 fire department and 4 fire stations that provides unparalleled service to the community. The roads are smooth, power rates low and police protection top notch. Its constituency are the businesses and they flock there because their needs are met unlike "bedroom" communities with higher taxes, electric rates and slower safety response times. Businesses choose Vernon because of these factors, and people choose bedroom communities because of "human" services.
Sounds like your doing propaganda work..is your job ibn vernon on the line Joshie?
gil5029

Dallas, TX

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Feb 24, 2011
 
The City of Vernon is a wonderful well balanced City ..

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