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Supervisor Proposes Ending Vernon’s Control Over Housing

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(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

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VERNON (AP) — A Los Angeles County supervisor wants to break Vernon’s control over housing in the tiny suburb, which is under investigation for paying huge salaries to its city officials.

Supervisor Gloria Molina has proposed amending the California Constitution to limit the ability of charter cities like Vernon to put employees or people with ties to City Hall into city-owned housing.

The industrial city has only about 90 people eligible to vote. Molina tells the Los Angeles Times that nearly all of them live in low-rent, city-owned housing — which makes them beholden to the officials. Many also are friends or family of city officials.

The Board of Supervisors will discuss the measure next week. It would need approval from the state Legislature and the state’s voters to pass.

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