The most recent effort to turn unincorporated East Los Angeles into an independent city most likely came to an end this morning after a county commission rejected the cityhood proposal. The Local Agency Formation Commission, which oversees the creation of cities and changes to municipal boundaries, voted 8-1 against the most recent effort, said East Los Angeles resident and activist C.J. Salgado, who attended the meeting. Supervisor Gloria Molina, who represents East Los Angeles, was among those who voted against the petition.
Salgado, who initially worked in support of cityhood before turning against it, summarized today’s vote:
The Commission apparently gave great weight to the overwhelming economic evidence and the recommendation of its Executive Officer to disapprove the petition in accordance with their mandate. This decision effectively ends this proposal by the East Los Angeles Residents Association, which began in 2007 and generated strong emotions on both sides for the last four years – those who primarily focused on the financial viability of the proposed city versus those who focused more on the “dream” of local representation.