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California City On Verge Of Reverse Incorporation

Jurupa Valley is California's newest city. It may also be the first city to disincorporate in decades.

Two days before Jurupa Valley became an official city in 2011, the state decided that money normally given to new cities should be spent on law enforcement instead.

The city has since shaved every possible expense. It meets in a rented western-wear shop, owns no property, has no police or fire departments and is run by a skeleton staff of contractors.


Jurupa Valley is located just west of Riverside and had 94,000 residents. The Los Angeles Times says the city is operating on $17 million a year after the state cut about $7 million.

A state lawmaker has been trying to fix things but says the money to help may not exist.