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Vernon Assault Begins

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Vernon is closer to being toast, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The state Legislature moved a step closer Wednesday to eliminating the city of Vernon, as an Assembly committee unanimously supported legislation that would disincorporate the city and make it part of Los Angeles County. The bill's author, Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), urged other legislators to support his effort to dissolve Vernon's municipal government, calling it "a city whose corruption is the worst we've seen in the state." The bill will likely be voted on in the Assembly later this year. Last month, the city of LA backed off initial plans to annex Vernon, but didn't entirely close the door on the matter. [LAT]