Updated at the bottom: The judge declared a mistrial on remaining counts. First posted at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday.
The jury in the corruption trial of six ex-city leaders of Bell found former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and ex-council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, Victor Bello, and George Cole guil ... More >>
Things have been rough at NARAS, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. You probably couldn't tell, not with their two big buildings and a brand new museum and certainly the Awards telecast with all its rock stars and movie stars and high priced commercials. That thing alone loo ... More >>
Ali Saleh.We told you he was going for the gig, and he got it.
On Monday night Bell's new City Council elected Ali Saleh as mayor.
In a town that's overwhelmingly Latino, with allegations of corruption levied at former officials who were white and Latino, the newcomers installed a real outs ... More >>
Ted SoquiBell last summer.Bell residents on Tuesday had a chance to make historic change and recall its embattled City Council in favor of new slates. They recalled four council members.
The results included victories for Ali Saleh, Nestor Valencia, Violeta Alvarez. Danny Harber was elected ... More >>
Ali Saleh: Bell's next mayor?The ballots have barely been counted and already it looks like Bell City Council winner Ali Saleh will seek the mayor's job.
That could happen as early as late March, when, we're told, the first meeting of the new council is likely to take place.
Here's what Sal ... More >>
New tenants desired.Big day for the small Southeast L.A. County town of Bell: It gets to replace its entire City Council if voters so wish.
And while there are two distinct factions of candidates running for office -- a police-union-backed slate versus one that wants to disband the Bell P.D. ... More >>
Justice For Bell / FacebookMiguel Alejandro Sanchez.A new wave of reform for the scandalized city of Bell took a tragic turn over the weekend when a well-liked City Council candidate, Miguel Alejandro Sanchez, died.
His brother says it might have been the Swine Flu that killed him. Sanchez ... More >>
Jason Redmond/APOff with their heads.The surviving Bell City Council members are gluttons for punishment. The trio voted to hold a recall election in March that would weigh whether two of them get get to keep their jobs. They also slapped themselves in the face, Three Stooges style. (That las ... More >>
In the most highly anticipated jail release since Lindsay Lohan walked out of a Lynwood lockup for women, former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo, who some say was the most egregious earner in that city's salary scandal, waddled out of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility downtown early Thursd ... More >>
Ted SoquiThey're quickly becoming known as the "Bell Eight" -- those illustrious officials from that working-class, Los Angeles suburb accused of misappropriating public funds and, as state controller John Chiang put it Wednesday, using public money "like a petty cash drawer."
On Tuesday they we ... More >>
Ted SoquiBell suspects on the board.Updated after the jump with arraignment time tomorrow plus more community reaction, including quotes from Bell activist Cristina Garcia. Originally posted at 9:50 a.m:
By J. Patrick Coolican and Dennis Romero
In what may be an unprecedented crime sweep of ... More >>
Randy Adams: Friends in high places?The arrests Tuesday of eight Bell city officials rounded up all the suspects -- former city manager Robert Rizzo, former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia, Mayor Oscar Hernandez, City Council members Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal, and fo ... More >>
Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez.The Bell City Council, including the mayor, agreed to reduce its $100,000-per-member annual pay for part-time work by 90 percent following calls by activists to do so or leave office.
The move Monday night came after state Attorney General Jerry Brown announced he ... More >>
Oscar Hernandez.By J. Patrick Coolican and Dennis Romero
Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez told reporters at an afternoon news conference Monday that he will not seek reelection and will forgo his salary through the end of his term. The announcement came as city activists asked for the mayor and mo ... More >>
The city of Bell is being probed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for paying its council members more than $8,000 a month for a part-time job that only caters to 40,000 residents. According to KTLA News, that adds up to nearly $100,000 a year. Though records say that counc ... More >>