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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Comments (2)
  1. chris says:

    Let’s amend the State constitution to stop a single abuse? How about Palos Verdes Estates here both the City Manager and Police Chief get city owned housing because the city wants them in the city and most applicants for those jobs could not afford to be there with minimum 1 million dollar homes. Quit trying to rule the actions of people and go back to fixing the county’s millions of problems. There is plenty of work to be done to fix the county inefficiencies.

  2. Waterlover says:

    Clean up all cities! Whether just Vernon or Palos Verdes Estates, no one should be free to “steal” and not have the best intent for its communities!

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