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Vernon is a city five miles (8.0 km) south of downtown Los Angeles, California. The population was 112 at the 2010 United States Census, the smallest of any incorporated city in the state. The city is primarily composed of industrial areas and touts itself as “Exclusively Industrial.” Meatpacking plants and warehouses are common. As of 2006, there were no parks. Vernon has a history of political problems, and was fighting disincorporation after city-government corruption was discovered. California Assembly Speaker John A. PŽrez has proposed legislation, AB46 to disincorporate cities with fewer than 150 residents. Vernon is the only city that would be affected by the bill.

According to an editorial in the April 26, 2011, edition of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, support to maintain Vernon’s city status came from two powerful groups that were rarely allied: the business community (including the California, Los Angeles, and Vernon Chambers of Commerce) and the labor community (including the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and the Teamsters), joined together in the battle against Sacramento. Both groups acknowledged that Vernon needed a comprehensive political house cleaning, but both maintained its right to cityhood. The bill had passed in the Assembly on a bipartisan vote of 58-7. In the last few weeks of the legislative session of summer, 2011, a team of attorneys and lobbyists from Vernon were desperately trying to kill the bill that would disincorporate the scandal-tainted city when state Senator Kevin de Leon came to them with a creative and unconventional offer. De Leon, who had earlier supported disbanding Vernon, said he would help to defeat the legislation if Vernon would set aside $60 million in order to fund community projects in the small, working-class cities that surround Vernon and to also agree to a proposed list of government reforms. Vernon agreed to the offer, and de Leon then proceeded to support the groups fighting disincorporation. City officials in nearby Huntington Park, which stood to receive some of Vernon’s grant money, also reverted their support to the City of Vernon. On August 29, the state Senate rejected the bill to disband Vernon.

The 2010 United States Census reported that Vernon had a population of 112. The population density was 21.7 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Vernon was 99 (88%) White, 4 (4%) African American, 0 (0%) Native American, 2 (2%) Asian, 0 (0%) Pacific Islander, 7 (6%) from other races, and 0 (0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48 persons (43%). The Census reported that 112 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized. There were 28 households, out of which 10 (36%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 13 (46%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3 (11%) had a female householder with no husband present, 6 (21%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1 (9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5 households (18%) were made up of individuals and 2 (7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4. There were 22 families (79% of all households); the average family size was 4.

Consisting almost entirely of warehouses and factories, the city’s main industries are food service manufacturing, metalworking, and manufacture of glass and plastic equipment. Housing is owned by the city and its few residents are employed within the city limits. There are approximately 46,000 direct and 54,000 indirect mostly skilled workers employed by business within the City of Vernon. Among the multitude of businesses is Bon Appetit Bakery, Papa Cantella’s Sausages Company, F. Gavina and Sons Coffee, Farmer John Meat Packing and Simply Fresh Fruit, whose products are highly visible in many supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations. True Religion, a designer of jeans and other apparel, is headquartered in Vernon. The city is also home to rendering plants, food processors, smelters and metal working companies. Vernon has a $4.5 billion private employer payroll.

Vernon is primarily industrial, with few residents, and so has several singular city services. Vernon is one of 42 jurisdictions in the United States with a Class 1-rated fire department and one of four cities in California with its own health department, which specializes in industrial issues. It has a strong police force, municipally-owned housing for city employees, and a light and power department with rates which were at one time, up to 40% less than Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. These services are designed for industry. Unfortunately, electricity and water rates are now some of the highest in the state due to new city council measures which are attempting to almost entirely fund Vernon from utilities paid by the industrial customers who have no voting power. As a result, many businesses are leaving Vernon for areas with more reasonable utilities. City employees and their relatives, make up the majority of the residential sector and they hold the voting power. In 1989 Vernon formed a redevelopment agency, which has since invested millions of dollars to develop property within the city to successfully attract and retain business. By 2012, Vernon’s corruption and mismanagement has served to make a once proud home to a strong industrial community a very expensive place to operate a business. Companies based in Vernon include seafood processors Red Chamber and PAFCO, apparel companies BCBG Max Azria and Lucky Brand Jeans, Goldberg and Solovy Foods, sausage producer Papa Cantella’s Sausages, and hot sauce company Tapat’o. In 2008, Vernon was named Los Angeles County’s “Most Business Friendly City” for Cities with less than 50,000 residents by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Vernon produces a $250,000,000 flow of revenue every year, much of it from city-owned utilities.

Source: Vernon on Wikipedia