Just to be provocative, in 2011 I suggested municipal disincorporation – disbanding the city of Stockton — as the Kevorkian cure for the city’s woes.
Now a California city is actually doing it: Jurupa Valley, a new city east of Los Angeles, counted on vehicle license fees to help its start-up when it incorporated a few years ago.
But shortly after incorporating, the state hogged the fees. Jurupa Valley entered life on a shoestring budget. The L.A. Times reported in December that the city “owns no property and has no police force or fire department. The city government is run by a skeleton staff of contractors. Money is in such short supply, the mayor lamented, workers can’t even offer a cup of coffee to visitors who come by the makeshift City Hall.”
Now Jurupa Valley expects to run out of money by summer. So it is giving up the ghost. Stockton may be on a tight budget, but we’re Marin County next to those guys.