Bell City Council fails to hold meeting
The government of scandal-plagued Bell was thrown further into turmoil Monday night when a City Council meeting was canceled after the afternoon resignation of one member and the failure of another to make bail as he sits behind bars.
The three remaining council members had been scheduled to meet for the first time since last month's sweeping corruption charges were filed.
But Mayor Oscar Hernandez and Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo called in sick as Lorenzo Velez, the only council member not charged with a felony, sat alone at the dais in the city community center as about 100 angry residents waited for the meeting to begin.
"Due to a lack of a quorum, we won't be able to have our regular meeting," Velez told the crowd, some of whom cheered the councilman when he took his seat.
City officials were allowing residents to make public comments even though the meeting had been canceled.
-- Hector Becerra at Bell City Hall
Photo: Councilman Lorenzo Velez sits alone at the dais. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin /Los Angeles Times