160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GORMAN – The residents of this small mountain community are weighing whether they should secede from Los Angeles County and become part of Kern County, a move proponents say would improve the quality of their city services. But the question has exposed rifts in the small town, dividing families and new and longtime residents alike. On the side of secession are some of the descendants of the brothers who founded the Ralphs grocery store chain. They have joined with Mennonite home builders from Pennsylvania in the campaign to leave what they see as antigrowth Los Angeles County. “I’ve had my belly full of Los Angeles County,” said Charles “Doug” Ralphs, 59, whose grandfather was one of the original Los Angeles grocers. “The family’s been here since the 1890s, and we’ve had nothing but trouble with them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Leading the opposition to secede is another branch of the Ralphs clan, who contend the public services Gorman receives from Los Angeles county are fine. And they say those in favor of moving the county line are led by newcomers who want to build new subdivisions in growth-friendly Kern County. Any shift in the boundaries between Los Angeles and Kern must be ratified by both counties and a majority of Gorman’s voters. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Dec. 6 before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.