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Democracy in a small town
2006-04-07 09:20
by Bob Timmermann

I apologize for the digression, but one of my favorite cities, Vernon, California is back in the news. I wrote about the city's "unique" style of government earlier.

But there will be an election after all in Vernon next Tuesday. But as Hector Becerra writes in the Los Angeles Times

The last time there was an election in Vernon, in 1980, the town's retired police chief, Spence E. Hogan, declared himself a candidate. He was quickly evicted from his city-owned home.

Hogan moved in with Philip Reavis, then president of the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, and they both ran for office.

Hogan won the vote count but lost the election after the then-city administrator, Bruce Malkenhorst Sr., disqualified six ballots.

This time around, Malkenhorst's son, Bruce Jr., is the Vernon city clerk — the official responsible for counting the votes.

Now you're sure this isn't some sort of movie or TV show?

And I thought Pottersville was a corrupt town!

2006-04-07 09:56:00
1.   Daniel Zappala
Absolutely amazing that this stuff can happen.
2006-04-07 09:57:21
2.   Bob Timmermann
If you want democracy, move to Belarus.

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