10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Residents of Eastvale on June 8 will be making the most important decision in its history: whether this dairying enclave-turned-suburban hub will become Riverside County’s 27th city.

The June vote caps a little more than a decade of explosive growth that saw an area where dairy cows easily outnumbered humans morph into a community of fashionable homes, well-manicured parks and wide thoroughfares.

Supporters of Measure A say cityhood will allow residents to control decisions on vital issues such as zoning and development instead of leaving it in the hands of supervisors, only one of whom represents Eastvale, supporters say.

The “Not Now Eastvale” movement argues that cityhood is in the cards for the community, but not in the midst of the worst financial downturn since The Great Depression.

Measure A needs a simple majority to win passage.

Voters also will be asked to vote for up to five candidates who would serve as the first Eastvale council should cityhood pass.

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