Report: Cheap Housing For Family Of Vernon Officials

Residents agree to vote for incumbents for low rent

VERNON (AP) — A newspaper investigation shows at least a dozen relatives of current or former city officials in a corruption-plagued Los Angeles suburb are living in city-owned housing and paying cheap rent.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the renters in Vernon are paying $200 and $400 a month.

One former resident, a contract-security guard, told the Times his low-rent apartment came with the condition that he vote for incumbents.

The state attorney general’s office announced last month it was investigating the city of about 90 people after finding evidence showing several administrators paid themselves huge salaries.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina wants to change California’s Constitution so only 10 percent of city-owned homes could be rented to friends or relatives.

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