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

January 28, 2011 |  8:42 am

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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