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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?


bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Oh yeah Cheech & Chong, haha! I grew up in San Gabriel a hop skip and not even a jump from E.L.A. in fact some of my extended family still live in the area. You know when you're in E.L.A. when a vintage Woody pulls into the local County Park with a BBQ & a velvet love seat strapped to the luggage rack and Low Rider pumpin on the sub-woofers pulls into the parking lot on a Saturday afternoon.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Every time I hear East LA I think of that Cheech Marin movie.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Just depends some people like being governed by a County Board of Supervisors and others like the more attentive city government. However, with that does come higher taxes to support the municipality. Their hearts have to be in it or it's not going to work. Speaking of East L.A. I wonder if the subway extension to that part of town is completed yet. Anyone from L.A. know?
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