Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez's legislation to erase the city of Vernon is headed for votes on the Senate floor.
Today, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee gave its blessing to Assembly Bill 781, the second of two measures that Pérez says will counteract "generations of corruption" in Vernon, a tiny Los Angeles County enclave with only about 100 residents but dozens of industrial businesses with tens of thousands of employees. The measure is expected to make a pro-forma stop in the Senate Appropriations Committee before a floor vote.
The committee had earlier sent to the floor Assembly Bill 46, a Pérez bill that disincorporates any California city with fewer than 150 residents, but affects only Vernon. AB 781 would create a "community services district" controlled by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to assume all of the ex-city's functions.
The committee acted despite strong opposition from Vernon-based businesses, labor unions and the League of California Cities. They said that the city should be given a chance to reform itself before suffering municipal demise.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated to clarify that Assembly Bill 781 likely will go to the Appropriations Committee. Updated at 10:59 a.m., July 7.