Vernon officials are not wasting any time when it comes to proactively fighting back against legislation that would disband the city and make it a part of the unincorporated region of L.A. County. The tiny city has already dished out considerable funds for its legal team and lobbyists, and we relayed recently that an ethics review will be conducted by two high-profile attorneys that have been hired to look into the municipal government as a way to beat back support for disincorporation. So, what’s next up in the city’s arsenal? Now an ad campaign has been unveiled to show the public that the city plays an important part in contributing to the local and state economy. Mayor Hilario “Larry” Gonzales gave a speech at the city council’s most recent meeting and stated that “We have done nothing wrong. Like any other thing, you may have ... bad apples. But that is not the city’s fault. Those are individuals, and the individual things that they do.” As for the bill that could affect the city’s fate, it will reportedly be taken up by the Assembly’s Local Government Committee at some point in the spring, either March or April.
You can view the ad that Vernon has released below. According to a spokesman, it will appear on Cable TV and radio.