The completion of a report that would help determine if unincorporated East Los Angeles could afford to become an independent city has been postponed until next month. A Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis that had been scheduled to be released in time for a June 22 meeting has been delayed until July 13, according to the Local Agency Formation Commission, the agency that reviews the proposed creation of new cities and boundary changes. A staff report said delays in obtaining information from a utility as well as other issues forced the delay of the report until next month. The delay was first noted by C.J. Salgado, an East Los Angeles resident and an Eastsider contributor who has been watching the cityhood issue.
A preliminary fiscal analysis conducted in 2007 showed that a City of East Los Angeles – with a population of 140,000 spread over 7.4 square miles – could support itself.
The formation commission said it will hold a community meeting to review the report at the end of July. If the commission determines a new city is feasible, East Los Angeles residents would vote on the issue in June 2012.