Archived: Editorial: EGP Welcomes the New Vernon Sun!

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Today, Eastern Group Publications, EGP, proudly adds a new member to our family of bilingual community newspapers: the Vernon Sun.

The launching of the Vernon Sun, the 11th EGP newspaper, adds a very important link to our growing regional coverage of the contiguous communities that make up the east, southeast and northeast corridors of Los Angeles County.

While the city of Vernon may be a mostly industrial community with few residents, there is no doubt that what goes on in Vernon has an impact on the surrounding communities, and the hundreds of thousands of residents that live, work and play in those communities.

The problems that plague many local cities and communities — transportation, jobs, crime and health related issues — are not unique, and often take a regional approach to arrive at solutions.

An example of an issue that impacts multiple cities and communities is the traffic congestion along the I-710 Corridor. While traffic from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to and from the industrial cities of Commerce and Vernon and points beyond, passing through Bell Gardens and East Los Angeles, up to the 5 Golden State and 5 Santa Ana, 10 San Bernardino and 60 Pomona freeways, which crisscross through Downtown and L.A. to the northeast, and Montebello, Monterey Park and other cities to the east — can have a very local impact on the quality of life of residents, cost of doing business and local municipal budgets to mitigate issues resulting from the congestion, solutions can only be realized through regional cooperation.

Our readers should note that it is EGP’s belief that our focus on local community news allows us to provide a forum for neighboring communities to discuss, analyze and negotiate with each other about what impacts an individual city or entity in the community has on those nearby.

While residents in one community may think the problems they have —inattentive elected officials, deteriorating infrastructure, gang violence and graffiti, poor performing schools, to name a few — are unique, EGP’s coverage of local issues shows they have more in common with their neighbors than they might have believed.

And, by covering the successes, the human triumphs, and positive advancements in the local cities, EGP’s family of readers, in print and on the Web, can find models for change that may work at home.

We look forward to a very successful future for the Vernon Sun, and welcome it into the family of communities EGP serves.

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