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Will Bell City Council show up for Monday night's meeting?

November 1, 2010 |  9:06 am


Now that Bell's City Council members are all out of jail, will enough of them appear at City Hall on Monday night to conduct a meeting?

Last month's council session was abruptly scuttled when two members freshly out of jail, Mayor Oscar Hernandez and Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo, called in sick. Councilman George Mirabal was still in jail, and Councilman Luis Artigas had resigned earlier in the day.

That left Councilman Lorenzo Velez, the only council member not charged with a crime, at the dais. By law, at least three council members must be present to conduct city business.

Last week, Mirabal posted bail, but the question once again is whether enough council members will show up Monday night to form a quorum. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Bell City Hall, 6330 Pine Avenue.

Topping the agenda is a call to certify a recall petition for four of the five council members and to set March 8 as the date for a recall election. Voters in that proposed election would also choose replacement council members.

The council is also being asked to pay bills, approve work contracts and give the green light to minor renovations at a city park.

Routine decisions ground to a halt after four of the five council members and the city's chief administrative officer and deputy administrative officer were arrested in September on corruption charges related to city salaries and benefits.

-- Catherine Saillant

Photo: Bell councilman Lorenzo Velez is the only member who showed up to the last City Council meeting on Oct. 4. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times