VERNON….This doesn’t have any national implications or anything, but just for fun you might want to read today’s story in the LA Times about one of Los Angeles’s most peculiar institutions: the city of Vernon, a municipality with fewer than 60 registered voters ? most of them city employees ? that hasn’t had an election since 1980. Here’s what happened recently to three newcomers who tried to move into the city and run for office:

Within days, city utility trucks had turned off their power. The building they shared was slapped with red tags by inspectors who said the property was “unsafe and dangerous” as a residence. Strobe lights flashed through their windows. They and some of their relatives were placed under surveillance. Shortly, city police and other officials drilled holes in the locks and evicted the would-be office-seekers.

Having deprived the interlopers of city residence, Vernon officials on Jan. 27 disqualified them from the ballot.

Charming, no?

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