Bell's newly elected City Council to be sworn in Thursday
A month after voters in Bell booted their elected officials from office, newly elected City Council members are scheduled to be sworn in Thursday to lead the financially pressed city.
The ceremony comes two days after the election results were certified by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which had been empowered to do so by emergency legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).
Normally the current City Council would have the authority to officially accept the March 8 election results, but four of the five council members were arrested on corruption charges in September and ordered by a judge to stay away from City Hall.
All four -– along with the city’s top administrators and two former council members -– have been ordered to stand trial. The council has been unable to meet for months and the city’s interim administrator said the small working-class city faces a mounting financial crisis. Deep cuts are unavoidable, said Pedro Carrillo, Bell’s interim city administrator.
The swearing-in is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will take place at Bell Community Center with Lara administering the oath of office to the new council members.
No City Council meeting is scheduled, though a regular meeting could be called as early as next week, interim City Atty. Jamie Casso said.
-- Corina Knoll