Report: Troubled town turning 100 in July must go

By TRACIE CONE | June 19, 2011 | 11:13 AM EDT

MARICOPA, Calif. (AP) — On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the town of Maricopa, the Kern County Grand Jury is calling for its dismantling, describing it as a place in political chaos.

This month jurors leveled three reports at the town and its police department. One accuses the police department of targeting Latino drivers to confiscate the cars of those without licenses. Another says at least 100 citations are missing and weapons unaccounted for. The last says the city lacks control over its finances and that debt "imperils the future of the community."

On Monday The U.S. Department of Justice sent a civil rights mediator to talk to town officials.

Acting town administrator Lauri Robison says she is trying to resolve the town's problems and believes they can be fixed.