A handful of residents who live in the mountains on the northern end of Los Angeles County want to move to neighboring Kern County—and take more than 1,000 acres of LA land with them.

The problem, they say, involves access to services. Though they’re technically Angelenos, they’re miles away from any LA shopping mall or library. Their area is so remote that they rarely see a sheriff. The nearest LA dump is a good 50 miles away.

All that and more is in Kern County, just a few minutes down the road. But since they’re not Kern residents, they can’t vote in local elections and can’t be serviced by Kern’s police or fire departments. So, they’ve asked the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to let them take their land—all 1,010 acres of it—and secede to Kern.

Perhaps surprisingly, LA officials have granted their request. “To be honest, they live in such a remote area that’s it’s really not cost-efficient for us to provide them with the level of services they deserve,” a spokesman for LA County tells GlobeSt.com.

Still, the annexation isn’t a done deal. Kern County supervisors will vote on the proposal Sept. 5, and then the US Justice Department must consider the move because it would involve supervisorial restricting.

The isolated area has four registered voters.

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