City ends its bid to annex

first_imgTemple City officials estimated the area contains 8,000 to 9,000 people. Scores attended the council meeting and jeered when city officials said a majority of them favored annexation. Temple City officials mailed ballots to area residents. Resident Bob Ridley said only about 40 people returned them. James Cole said many in the unincorporated areas believe they have what they consider overbuilding under control and that it would be a step backward to join Temple City. “I have some advice for Temple City,” he said. “Clean up your business districts, restrict the number of bridal shops, which many people believe are fronts for prostitution. Get your growth under control, get a farmers’ market. Spend some of those millions you have in reserve.” Mayor Judy Wong, David Capra and Fernando Vizcarra voted to end the annexation effort, saying the new areas might cost the city more in additional services than in expected revenue. “Times change,” Capra said. “Right now it would not be a good move to follow through with this.” Cathe Wilson and Kenneth Gillanders voted to continue the annexation process. “I’m not ready to give up yet,” Wilson said. “We need further study to see what we can do. If it comes to a vote and we fail, then we fail.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPLE CITY – The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to cease efforts to annex an unincorporated area north of the city. The area is bounded by Arcadia on the east, Eaton Wash on the west, Huntington Drive on the north and Temple City’s borders on the south. Residents who live in the area told the City Council in no uncertain terms they like county services and don’t want to join Temple City. “I hope you will just leave us alone and improve what you have,” Mark Briskie, a 25-year resident of the area, told the council. last_img

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