Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives at LAT

After months of mystery, Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of HBO’s “True Detective,” has offered some hints about the new season, which begins Sunday.

Times readers might find the storyline a bit familiar.

Pizzolatto told Vanity Fair and GQ that the second season is based on the tiny industrial city of Vernon, located south of downtown L.A. In the show, the fictional town is called Vinci.

The Times has written extensively about past corruption in the real-life city of Vernon, dating back to the 1920s. In the past, critics have called the city a fiefdom run by a small cabal who controlled the population of about 100 people and used the city’s coffers to lavish themselves with huge salaries and expensive meals and trips.

After a series of investigative stories in 2010, the state Legislature attempted to disincorporate the city, but that effort failed. Since then, new leaders emerged and reform efforts were undertaken, including allowing the creation of private housing to boost Vernon’s population and slashing of City Council members’ salaries…