Bell's New City Council to be Installed: A New Day For the Scandal Plagued City?

After nearly a year of political upheaval and scandal, the little urban city of Bell will see a whole new City Council take charge this week.

The "installation" of city's new council happens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Bell Community Center, 6250 Pine Ave. Yes, you're invited.

That's because ...

... urgent legislation by state Assemblyman Ricardo Lara to swear in the council victors ASAP was recently approved.


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The deal will put the victors from Bell's recall election last month -- Ali Saleh, Danny Harber, Ana Maria Quintana,Violeta Alvarez and Nestor Valencia -- in the drivers' seats.

However, Bell officials warn that this is not one of those many occasions at which residents can express their displeasure with the outgoing officials. It's not a public meeting, but rather a "ceremony." So leave your input at home, we guess.

People are still pissed?

Yeah. As you'll recall former city manager Robert Rizzo, his second-in-command, and six former and then-current council members have been accused of bilking the city out of millions in compensation.

A new dawn, a new day for Bell? We hope so.


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