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 >>
Victor Bello, Bell's accidental heroThe L.A. Times is celebrating its well deserved Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the scandal in the City of Bell.But amid the accolades, it's worth taking a moment to recognize someone without whom the scandal would not have been uncovered: the courageous and (all ... 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 >>
Victor Bello wrote a letter warning of alleged corruption in Bell.Disgraced Bell City Councilman Victor Bello sent a letter to investigators last May warning that officials there were involved in bribery, voter fraud and "unethical retirement arrangements," according to California Watch.
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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 >>