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Bell council will cut pay 90%, sources say

July 26, 2010 |  7:02 pm


Hundreds of residents turned out Monday at the Bell Community Center as City Council members were set to decide whether to roll back their near-$100,000 salaries -- a point of controversy in the small, working-class city.

Council members are considering reducing their pay 90%.

As the council convened, people chanted, “Out, Out, Out.” They booed during roll call. And during the Pledge of Allegiance, those inside the center yelled out “and justice for all” at the end of the pledge.

Outside, dozens of people stood around speakers so they could hear the proceedings. Others carried posters that said “No Pension for the Thieves” and “Council Resign.”

"We may not get our money back, but we're here to stop them and kicked them out," said resident Ignacio Marquez, who brought his 14-year-old daughter, Sonia, to the meeting.

-- Ruben Vives in Bell

Photo: Bell City Council meeting Monday. Credit: Ruben Vives / Los Angeles Times

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