I am a resident of the City of Vernon, California. As I’m sure you’re well aware, Vernon has had its share of problems which include, but are not limited to, corruption and alleged voter fraud. Assembly Speak Perez spearheaded an action to discorporate Vernon not long ago and many of the residents, including me, went to Sacramento and lobbied against disincorporation. Senator De Leon came to our rescue and with the aid of former Attorney General Van De Kamp, we implemented sweeping reforms. Now Vernon’s business owners feel like they have been betrayed because of a proposed increase in their taxes and utility rates. Well that's just laughable! Part of the reforms included formation of a housing commission in Vernon in order to insure an independent electorate. The housing commission voted to raise our rents which we knew was inevitable; however, we didn't anticipate what was to happen next. On Friday, June 29, 2012 all of the tenants on month to month leases were served with a notice to terminate tenancy. It appears that the businesses and Councilman Mike Ybarra are attempting to replace the existing tenants with those who will vote against any increases for business owners. So we have just replaced one agenda for another. I too went to Sacramento and I too feel suckered. I was naive enough to believe that the business owners wanted an independent electorate but I was wrong. So wrong, in fact, that I voted for the person that the Chamber of Commerce endorsed. Allegedly, she lost, but now the Vernon Council is attempting to adopt an expost facto ordinance to challenge the results of the election. I do agree with the business owners in one respect, however, Assembly Speaker Perez was right.
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