Tonight finds me on the Left Coast in lovely Commerce, California. You've never heard of it. It's easier to just call it LA, since it's in the sprawling metropolis, a few cities away from downtown. My hotel overlooks these outlet malls, called the Citadel, and they're shaped like a fortress. Odd place. It looks like this.
Vernon, CA. Their motto is "Exclusively Industrial". I thought that was an odd phrase, certainly discouraging residents. But the more I thought about it, perhaps high on burger juices, I realized that this city was brilliant. You have all the tax base with none of the services. No schools, or parks departments, or any services that whining residents care about. You'd have tons of money to do whatever you wanted.
And, after some internet research after dinner, it turns out that they pretty much did whatever they wanted. And their city manager was collecting a salary of $800,000. Oh, and they have a population of 90, people. See, people tell me government is not where the money is. Idiots.