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East LA Weighs the Pros and Cons of Becoming a Real City

A nonprofit in East LA is on a mission to incorporate the stray portion of Los Angeles County into the City of East Los Angeles. By becoming a bonafide municipality, the birthplace of Oscar de la Hoya and the lowrider car could have a formal forum for community concerns like crime and commerce, and means to provide services to residents. Right now East LA, possibly the cultural and political focal point of the entire Mexican-American community, is served by one county official that represents two million other LA county residents.

This is East LA's fourth shot at incorporation, but the first since 1974. So what has held it back? Many fear that incorporation equals increased property taxes. Small business owners also worry that they'll be forced to pay for business licenses. Proponents will have some time to convince voters, since it takes about two years to make it out of the bureaucratic process. Would you vote for incorporation?


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