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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County consultant hired to study the proposed incorporation of East Los Angeles recommends that the county reject the idea.

In a 459-page report to be released next week, Economic & Planning Systems says a proposed City of East Los Angeles would not be able to financially support itself.

The report says the state controller also agreed, finding that cityhood proponents underestimated law enforcement costs by $10 million.

The county commission charged with approving city formation is scheduled to hold a public hearing and take a vote on the proposal next Wednesday.

East Los Angeles Residents Association President Benjamin Cardenas says he has requested the commission delay the vote for four months to investigate new sources of revenue, including asking voters to approve a utility tax.

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