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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.

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LATimes: Vernon’s rocky finances worry L.A. County supervisors

Board orders an investigation of Vernon’s books amid concerns that an effort to dissolve the city might unfairly burden county coffers.

By Garrett Therolf and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
August 17, 2011

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to order an investigation of Vernon’s finances amid worries that an effort to dissolve the city might unfairly burden county coffers.

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LATimes: Bell and Vernon cases put focus on pensions of non-elected officials

Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo, accused of illegally boosting his pension, sits in court in March. Rizzo was at the center of a scandal in which it was revealed that he and other Bell officials were being paid many times more than their counterparts in other cities. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / March 9, 2011)

Under the law, elected officials who are convicted of felonies also lose their pensions. That isn’t so with other public employees.
By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2011

When former Vernon City Administrator Bruce Malkenhorst was convicted of misappropriating public funds last week, the gap between two sets of numbers immediately jumped out: The $100,000 in fines and restitution that Malkenhorst was ordered to pay for his crime. And the $500,000 a year state pension that he got after retiring five years ago.

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LATimes: Bill to dissolve Vernon overwhelmingly approved by state Assembly

Southern California — this just in
April 28, 2011 | 11:45 am

The state Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would dissolve the city of Vernon.

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LATimes: Vernon a tightly controlled fortress

With only about 90 residents, most of whom live in city-owned housing and have ties to officials or work for the city, Vernon’s municipal leaders are all but untouchable.

Untouchable Vernon

The sun rises over Vernon Avenue in a town of only about 90 residents. Vernon is primarily an industrial town, with a few city-owned homes and apartment buildings tucked hard in a world of power plants, smoke stacks, warehouses and transmission lines. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times / September 15, 2010)

By Hector Becerra, Sam Allen and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times

September 18, 2010|7:14 p.m.

Carl Algee’s job as a $25-an-hour security guard at Vernon’s municipal power plant came with one big perk — a city-owned apartment at well below market rent.

There was also one catch.

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The 5-square-mile city of Vernon was incorporated in 1905 under the slogan “exclusively industrial.” The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is conducting an investigation into public corruption in the city. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Sam Allen and Hector Becerra Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

September 8, 2010|2:57 p.m.

Top administrators in the city of Vernon, already among the highest-paid local officials in the state, racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars on first-class flights, rooms at luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and limousine service paid for by the city, records reviewed by The Times show.

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LATimes: Vernon official relieved of duties pending city review of finances

Executive got $243,898 through a consulting firm headed by his wife plus an annual salary of more than $380,000. He claimed to have worked six months straight, including 13 hours on New Year’s Day.

By Kim Christensen and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times

August 27, 2010|7:10 p.m.

One of California’s highest-paid public employees has been relieved of his duties while Vernon officials conduct a “comprehensive review” of his and his wife’s financial dealings with the well-heeled industrial city.

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