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As Maywood tries to end ties with Bell, a closer look at its financial fall

November 27, 2010 |  7:42 pm

This summer, the small city of Maywood made national headlines when it laid off most of its workers, disbanded the Police Department and contracted most city services to the neighboring city of Bell.

Maywood's move was quickly overshadowed by the salary scandal in Bell, which resulted in the indictments of eight current and former city officials on charges of public corruption. Now Maywood is working to extricate itself from Bell and rebuild its own city government.

But an examination into how Maywood found itself in this position offers a window into the struggles of this group of small, largely working-class communities that straddle the 710 Freeway southeast of downtown L.A.

Maywood's problems have their roots in an effort seven years ago to provide police services to another neighboring city, Cudahy.

Read more: "The saga of Maywood's downward spiral."

-- Sam Quinones

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