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Official to propose disbanding city of Vernon

December 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
State Assembly Speaker John Perez will introduce a bill on Monday to disband the city of Vernon and turn it into an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.The bill stems from recent corruption scandals in the city, including the October indictment of Vernon's former city administrator.

If the bill is approved, Vernon's city government would be dissolved and its assets will be transferred to the county.

Vernon officials have questioned if the legislature has the authority to dissolve the city.

Vernon City Administrator Mark Whitworth issued a statement Friday, saying disincorporation would "cost thousands of people their jobs and the state hundreds of millions in tax revenues."

Disincorporation typically requires a vote by residents.

Vernon is the only city in California with fewer than 150 residents.

City News Service contributed to this report.