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California City of Maywood Uninsurable; Contracts Out All Its Services

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The small city of Maywood, south of downtown Los Angeles, after years of police misconduct problems has become uninsurable, and chooses the cost-cutting solution of firing all its non-elected employees and contracting out all its services, many to another local small city, Bell.

Favorite details from the Los Angeles Times account on how Maywood got to where it is today:

Maywood has had a contentious history for years. In the last decade, shouting matches have erupted during council meetings, election campaigns have been marked by political hit pieces, and even an accusation was made that a city clerk tried to have a councilman killed.

The Police Department has been the focus of troubles as well. Four years ago, the department faced a political outcry when it began running checkpoints that resulted in hundreds of cars being taken away from unlicensed illegal immigrants. Critics charged the checkpoints were an attempt to make money off Maywood's large illegal immigrant population.

For more quotes, links, and info regarding the "contract city" phenomenon in California, see my California news and politics blog "City of Angles."

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  1. Wow, now that is totally messed up dude. Seriously.

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  2. Dude that is just totally messed up man. Seriously.

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  3. One word: Demographics

  4. Why is it police misconduct to stop and confiscate cars driven by people without licenses?

    If I was to drive on a public road without a license the police would arrest me and take my vehicle, isn’t that part of their job?

    1. Of course, but to do so to the illegal immigrants is racist.

      Their brown skin and Mexican citizenship gives them a right to go wherever they want to, whenever they want to. All the better if they don’t speak English. They’re just trying to make a better life for themselves and for their unborn children who are due any minute now.

      YOU, on the other hand, should be ashamed of yourself for even asking such a question.

    2. I live in L.A. area. There were many more issues with the Maywood PD than stopping illegal immigrants an confiscationg cars. C’mon people, think. Maywood was where cops who were forced out of real PD’s went to work.

  5. Maywood is just a square mile but has 30,000 people. That’s just the official census count. God knows what lurks in them illegally converted garages.

    1. Maywood is just a square mile but has 30,000 people. That’s just the official census count. God knows what lurks in them illegally converted garages.

      How does that compare to the population density of Manhattan?

  6. LOL! Christ, putting Bell in charge of your city? What next? The Congo to contract out their government to Iraq?

    1. My sentiments exactly.

  7. Why is it police misconduct to stop and confiscate cars driven by people without licenses?

    Stopping without cause, or for the wrong cause, is police misconduct.

    1. But they had a cause, people were driving without a licence.

  8. I think we are supposed to talk about this over there so kcet knows people are reading Brian.

  9. Maywood is like the SoCal equivalent of Lichtenstein or Monaco or Andorra. We actually have a few of them, and some are run as quasi-feudal entities, others as something like a Snowcrash-style mini-state. I had wondered whether the fiscal crisis would cause them to fold, or would cause pieces of the bigger cities to break away from their dysfunctional parents.

  10. Maybe they should contract out California to Hong Kong.

  11. Wait, how can a place with a “large illegal immigrant population” have economic difficulty? I keep hearing how illegals are a net gain and bring prosperity with their hard work and law-abidingness.

    1. Well, pulling something out of my ass, I would speculate that the illegals could help the economy, but hurt the state by not having to paying taxes on the money they make.

      So, state wealth != wealth in the area.

      But I have no idea how the economy is doing in the area, so again, ass-pull.

  12. I think we are supposed to talk about this over there so kcet knows people are reading Brian.

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