“Backers of cityhood have until Thursday to come up with the money or see their campaign die for the year. They turned in enough signatures in January to trigger the financial viability study, but do not have the $45,000 need to pay for the review by the Local Agency Formation Commission. Sen. Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks) said he supports the right of people to form new cities. "However, these efforts must be community-based and have local community support," Cox said. "This is a local process that should remain local. The state should not be a source of funding." Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) said it was not just a local issue.”Similar efforts to achieve cityhood failed in 1961, 1963 and 1974. The East Los Angeles Residents Assn. turned in enough signatures in January to begin the process for cityhood once again. Read more here.