Publication addresses the San Fernando Valley secession movement

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Dr. Michan Conner, assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the  School of Urban and Public Affairs examines the San Fernando Valley secession movement in his article“’These Communities Have the Most to Gain from Valley Cityhood’: Color-Blind Rhetoric of Urban Secession in Los Angeles, 1996–2002″ published by the Journal of Urban History.

He notes, “the history of American suburbanization is marked by efforts by the affluent to draw boundaries that keep disadvantaged people out and tax dollars in, and the campaign for Valley secession partly fits this mold.”  Connor goes on to say “the campaign was unique because groups that had previously favored anti-busing and anti-immigration politics were forced to seek allies among the Valley’s fast-growing Latino population.”

Connor argues “as American cities’ budgets grow tighter, suburbs grow more diverse, and competition for resources among cities and neighborhoods grows fiercer, the politics that drove the secession movement will be replayed in metropolitan areas across the country, as affluent communities try to shed fiscal obligations to poorer ones.”