Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
April 19, 2011 The Honorable John Perez Speaker for the Assembly State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0046 Dear Speaker Perez, Last Thursday after several discussions about AS 46, the Chamber’s Executive Committee voted to oppose this bill. The leadership of the Chamber recognizes that the governance of the City of Vernon needs a dramatic overhaul and we believe that AN 46 has put the wheels in motion to achieve these changes through charter refonus. The business community in Vernon, led by the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, is proposing a series of major changes to the city charter which will dramatically transform how the City of Vernon is governed. We believe that these initiatives should be given the opportunity to play out before the State Legislature takes action to disincorporate the City of Vernon. The members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce have many relationships with businesses in Vernon. Through these relationships, it is clear that the businesses of Vernon are very concerned and fearfid about their future. There is great anxiety about the long-term viability oftheir businesses if Vernon is disincorporated and becomes a part of unincorporated Los Angeles County or is annexed by an adjacent city. We know that you are well aware that the zoning ordinances in Vernon welcome major employers that other cities do not allow in their zoning codes. These businesses comply with all state and federal regulations and employ 50,000 Southern California residents. The members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce do not want these businesses and the jobs they create to leave Southern California. It is our suggestion that you eariy AN 46 over to the 2012 legislative session and give the businesses of Vernon the opportunity to work with the City of Vernon to incorporate the changes being discussed into the city charter and create a new governing structure that elimirntes the unethical and illegal actions of the past. Thank you for the attention you have focused on the City of Vernon. We look forward to working with you on behalf of our regional business community to eliminate the problems of the past and save jobs for Los Angeles County in the future.
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