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Bell election: Voters recall embattled council members and elect new representatives

March 8, 2011 | 11:26 pm

Bell residents voted overwhelmingly to recall four embattled council members Tuesday with 100% of the votes counted in the small southeast Los Angeles County city.

More than 95% of the city's residents voted to recall council members Teresa Jacobo, Oscar Hernandez and George Mirabal, as well as Councilman Luis Artiga, who resigned but was still on the ballot.

In the race to fill the remaining term of Jacobo, retired baker Danny Harber won with 1,468 votes, or 54.4%, to Coco Ceja's 1,239 votes, according to final election returns.

Attorney Ana Maria Quintana tallied 1,305 votes, or 44%, to fill the remaining term of Artiga. Miguel A. Sanchez, who passed away last week, was in second with 683 votes, or 23% of the total.

In the race to fill three four-year terms on the council, businessman Ali Saleh had received 1,355 votes, followed by Nestor E. Valencia with 1,242 votes and Violeta Alvarez with 1,220 votes, election returns showed.

About 33% of the city's 10,400 registered voters cast ballots in the heated contest.

Jacobo, Hernandez, Mirabal and Artiga are among eight current and former top Bell officials charged in a sweeping corruption probe by Los Angeles county prosecutors. All eight have pleaded not guilty.

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-- Robert J. Lopez

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