East L.A. Residents Pay for Cityhood Study

By Gloria Angelina Castillo, EGP Staff Writer

The East Los Angeles Residents Association (ELARA) delivered a $134,710 check to the Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) on April 29 to pay for the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA), an audit of revenues generated in the area that could determine if it could sustain itself as an incorporated city.

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ELARA board members delivering the check to LAFCO on April 29 (L-R) Victor Caballero, Yobany Chacon, Dan Ortiz, Gustavo Camacho, Benjamin Cardenas (ELARA Board Members), June Savala of LAFCO, Sera Wirth of LAFCO, John Krattli of LAFCO, and Diana Tarango. Photo courtesy of ELARA

 

According to June Savala, LAFCO Deputy Executive Officer, Economic and Planning Systems will conduct the study. While LAFCO had expressed some concern in the past about the validity of the signatures, now over two years old, Savala said LAFCO considers the signatures to still be good and that there is nothing keeping the study from moving forward.

ELARA President Benjamin Cardenas told EGP on Tuesday that while the group breathed a sigh of relief when they delivered the check for the study, their fundraising efforts aren’t over yet; they still need to raise the funds needed to pay for the CEQA process. The association is waiting further guidelines from LAFCO and to work out the details with the consultant, Cardenas said. The study is expected to take six to eight months to complete.

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