Vernon’s fate came one step closer to reality, as the Assembly voted 60 to 7 to dissolve the industrial town in Los Angeles.

While the Senate won’t likely take up the issue until later this year, the businesses that inhabit this small city are likely facing the end of an era. The city, which has been proudly “exclusively industrial” for the past century, is home to only 100 people, but its resident companies employ tens of thousands of people.

The fear that disincorporation will cause the laws to change and force the companies to relocate fell flat in Sacramento, where ultimate passage is expected.

From the Los Angeles Times:

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

The bill, which is the first known attempt by legislature to disincorporate a charter city, was passed on a vote of 60 to 7.

The legislation was authored by Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles), who described a “pattern of unprecedented corruption” in Vernon, a city of fewer than 100 residents. He vowed that his bill would create a more open government in the 5.2-square-mile industrial enclave and protect the 1,800 businesses located there.

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