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Bell in limbo as council fails to meet again; should court monitor be reconsidered?

TTalk back LAhe issues facing the Bell City Council on Thursday night were matters of huge importance: how to keep the cash-strapped and scandal-plagued city from bankruptcy.

But as the crowds gathered, the most important people failed to show up. Mayor Oscar Hernandez called in sick and Councilmember Teresa Jacobo was reportedly taken to a local hospital. The meeting was canceled –- again -– for a lack of quorum.

An angry Donna Gannon, 56, a Bell resident, told Times' reporter Ruben Vives after the meeting was adjourned that "there's a lot of important things that need to be decided."

Interim Chief Administrative Officer Pedro Carrillo has described the city as being at a "financial crossroad." Difficult decisions need to be made, he said, or the city would be forced into insolvency. In his report to the council, he warned that the deficit might be double what they had anticipated and that drastic measures need to be taken. Options included disbanding the Police Department and cutting salaries.

One resident, Ulisses Bella, said of the council, "Maybe they're scared to make tough decisions."

Whatever the reasons, bills are stacking up and decisions are not being made. What do you think should be done? Should all decisions be postponed until after a March recall election? Does a judge need to reconsider appointing a court-ordered monitor? Tell us your thoughts below.

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-- Kimi Yoshino

 
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Forget the monitor - what they need is a RECEIVER to make the hard decisions that need to be made NOW! A monitor just does what the name implies - monitor! A RECEIVER cleans house for the complete benefit of the residents. Let's ask Jerry Brown to keep his campaign promise - RECEIVER for BELL!

This is a matter of great importance no longer concerning just the residents of this City, the elected officials must make all effort to be present specially since the last scheduled meeting did not take place. I wonder if these individuals are simply waiting for the spotlight to go away. Did anybody bother to find out if the councilwoman that "was taken to a local hospital" was indeed taken there. What ails the Mayor to the point that he cant even make the meeting via Skype?
Unreal!

Can't a bank just foreclose on the whole mess and re-sell to someone who has a clue?

A monitor lizard?

Really, though, the citizens need to call the CA AG and a Superior Court judge with a specialty in these type of matters and resolve this.

Keep in mind Murphy. Where it's going to raise its ugly head again may possibly be determined...and thwarted.

It's disconcerting that the State and CA Courts haven't been able to intervene....just find fault.


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