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Bell holds special meeting Wednesday night, expected to appoint interim city attorney

August 4, 2010 | 12:48 pm

Bell's embattled City Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at which it is expected to appoint Edward Lee as its interim city attorney.

Lee had been serving as Bell's city attorney while a partner in Best Best & Krieger. The law firm announced Monday that it was ending its agreement with Bell and that Lee was leaving the firm "to focus his efforts on assisting the city of Bell through this crisis."

Lee this week told the Maywood council that he was resigning as that city's attorney.

Downey, another city where Lee served as city attorney, ended his contract with him because he had signed off on the huge salaries Bell was paying to its city officials.

Lee also wrote Bell's City Charter, which enabled the council to skirt a state law limiting council salaries. Until they cut their salaries 90%, most council members were being paid nearly $100,000 a year.

For the Times' complete coverage of Bell, see latimes.com/bell.

-- Jeff Gottlieb

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