LAFCO Defers Action on East Los Angeles’ Cityhood

By EGP Staff Report

The 9-member Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously today to postpone a decision on whether to allow unincorporated East Los Angeles to become a city until the commission’s next meeting on Feb. 8.

The decision to approve LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s motion to table the issue came after four hours of discussion and public testimony from both backers and opponents to the incorporation issue.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, in whose district East Los Angeles is located, broke from her public stance of neutrality on the issue, saying the numbers contained in a fiscal analysis that concluded East Los Angeles would not be able to sustain itself without incurring large deficits, or cutting serves and raising taxes, cannot be denied.

The decision to postpone a decision was met with anger by both proponents and opponents to the cityhood initiative.

East Los Angeles Residents Association – ELARA- President Benjamin Cardenas, said he was also disappointed by Molina’s comments at the meeting: “I’m obviously disappointed. I wish she supported the effort to, at a minimum, give everybody the right to vote…”

Business owner Yolanda Duarte, citing projected deficits of $19 million in the first year of incorporation, and deficits in the millions for years to come, called the Commission’s decision not to immediately vote to end the bid for cityhood a “travesty.”

Read a fuller report on the LA LAFCO decision in the Thursday editions of all 11 Eastern Group Publications newspapers, and here at

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January 25, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


One Response to “LAFCO Defers Action on East Los Angeles’ Cityhood”

  1. Geo Felix on February 1st, 2013 11:03 pm

    This is simply a shame on all political representatives of the area, especially that of Molina. The area has so much potential yet politics, like always, gets in the way of progress. Truth is like the Bell scandal, the city of los Angeles has always and forever will be business/corrupt oriented.We the people of ELA need to elect representatives who actually care about the area that they represent, get rid of Roybal and her family business!

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