Southern California — this just in
August 29, 2011 | 4:09 pm

The state Senate on Monday afternoon failed to approve a controversial bill to disband the troubled city of Vernon and make it a part of Los Angeles County.

The bill, AB 46, would have marked the first forced disincorporation of a city in the state’s modern history. Its author, Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), has argued that Vernon lacks a legitimate electorate and that dissolving the city is the only way to permanently root out corruption there.

The bill failed by a 13-17 vote, but 10 senators were not present. It is unclear whether Pérez will reintroduce the bill.

[Updated at 4:20 p.m.: A spokesman for Pérez said the lawmaker did not plan to continue his efforts to disband the city.

Pérez issued the following statement:

“Today’s action by the Senate is a deep disappointment to the men and women of the Southeast Communities. I introduced AB 46 to finally end the toxic corruption that has poisoned the Southeast Communities by disincorporating Vernon. The Senate chose to ignore decades of corruption in Vernon, and AB 46, like multiple bills that came in response to the Bell scandals last year, could not gather a majority of senators.

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