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Advanced Computer Automotive is proud to serve our hometown of Lakewood, California. Located ten miles southeast of Los Angeles, Lakewood is a diverse community with a tradition of innovative ideas and a high quality of life.
Lakewood has a unique history. As soldiers returned from World War II and began to raise families, the need for housing grew. In 1950, the Lakewood Park Company began to build over 17,000 homes in the area that would become Lakewood. The low-interest loans provided by the G.I. Bill enabled many to purchase these homes, and the town grew to a population of 70,000 by 1953.
As Lakewood quickly grew, residents faced the dilemma of how to best meet their increasing needs for public services like police and street repair. To prevent neighboring cities from annexing Lakewood, the citizens voted to incorporate Lakewood as a city.
Incorporating Lakewood as a city was only the first step, because city leaders had a truly novel idea about how to best pay for those public services. They contracted with the county of Los Angeles and eventually with other government bodies and private companies to provide the services. Los Angeles County provides the police that serve Lakewood to this day, while most of the city’s maintenance is done by private contractors. This approach to providing public services has become known as the Lakewood Plan, and it has been adopted by cities throughout the country.