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California's newest cities face extinction

by Alex Schmidt, California Report | Take Two®

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A number of cities in the Inland Empire are struggling financially, despite signs the regional economy is finally beginning to pick up. In part, that's because their problems are not solely tied to the local economy.

Municipalities rely on Sacramento for a sizeable chunk of their budgets, and what Sacramento giveth, it can taketh away.

For the California Report, Alex Schmidt reports from Riverside County, four of California's youngest cities may die an early death because of changes to the state's funding formula that governs who gets what.

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