The birth of a new city: Menifee, CA
The Californian (6/5, Redfern) reports that a new city named Menifee was created in Riverside County after sixty-one percent of voters who cast ballots in the existing communities of Menifee (a community), Sun City, Quail Valley, and a part of Romoland approved the proposal to incorporate.
The new city will have about 60,000 people in an area of roughly 49-square-mile. The effort to hold this incorporation referendum was approved last year by the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission, largely based on a 10-year financial analysis done by a consultant. That analysis determined the new city would be financially viable and "able to provide residents with the same level of services without raising taxes." [How would this work out?]
In contrast, the Press-Enterprise (6/5, Trone, McKinnon) reports that some residents have voiced fears that incorporation could bring higher taxation and that the timing for cityhood is not right because of the current economic downturn.
The graph is from The Inland Empire News (6/4).