An article about Elever Professional from the LA Times website February 28, 2011
As Assembly Speaker John Perez wheeled through Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday morning to promote a bill that would to dissolve the city government of Vernon, critics of the proposal gathered on the lawn outside to voice their opposition to the legislation.
Save Vernon Jobs, a group of Vernon businesses and labor unions, say the measure would put thousands of jobs at risk and argue that the state has no legal authority to disincorporate the city.
Vernon has been fighting to keep its cityhood since Perez in December introduced AB 46, a bill that would dissolve city’s government and make it an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.
Inside City Hall, Perez was joined by supporters, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca and county Supervisors Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Perez accused Vernon officials of playing on people’s fears of lost jobs, and wielding an arsenal of high-priced lobbyists and lawyers. But he expressed confidence in support for his bill, adding that 69 members of the Assembly and 23 state senators have signed on as coauthors.
“For years, officials in that city have operated with a shocking lack of transparency and accountability,” Perez said. “The city is landlord and employer for virtually the entire electorate, so that they can make decisions that waste taxpayer dollars and put jobs at risk with no regard for the will of the voters. That is unacceptable.”
Molina added that “the so-called city of Vernon has been masquerading as a city, when really in fact it’s nothing but a company town.” And Baca called the industrial town of about 90 residents “a rogue city” that picks and chooses who keeps elected leaders in power.
Outside, about 50 Vernon workers, business leaders and Teamsters rallied near the entrance of City Hall. Many wore hard hats and uniforms. Some held signs that said “Save Vernon Jobs” and “Mr. Speaker, Don’t take my job.” Another sign said, “Reform Vernon, Don’t Erase It.”