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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.

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-- Corina Knoll

 
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Hope Bell's new guys do better than the new Cudahy young mayor & council.

Just wanna put it out there: those Cudahy guys DIDN'T do much last night (agendas are not on the website EVER so must be hiding something)... Sure enuf, TEMPORARY city manager vote wuz behind closed doors but they decide not to do anything until the next meeting. So city has to stop alot of business.... For city attorney, same thing, they did not hire the same lawyer that they brought in to fire to old one. U figure that at least 1 of the council got this lawyer to come to cudahy at the meeting where everyone was fired, right? & then they go and dis him with no contract! (Welcome 2 Cudahy!) ... Same thing right after when they did not renew contract of their own part-timer who wuz link to all 5 schools in the city/not smart since schools are the biggest biz and best connect to people ... & they even put off contracting with a company for "public information". (why anyone would take that job is craazy - they were cheap 2, especially when u compare 2 the lawyers $$ & when u know Cudahy's rep). woulda been smart 2 do that 2.

u know its all messed up when the council fired old staff & when the new staff writes "recommend for approval" on the agenda, they dont do it. Half the time because these guys havent read the contracts b4 the meeting so all the biz is put off 2 next month.

The vice mayor & the mayor acted like they cared, but nothing was done to help people connect with the city. nice to have a moment of hope last week, but thats over now.

Good luck with the new Bell council...


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