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Boxes removed from Bell City Hall at night, but officials say no documents have been destroyed

August 6, 2010 |  6:11 pm

Bell's new top administrator has proclaimed it "a new day" in the beleaguered city and touted a new website that posts all city salaries. "Transparency, Openness, Good Government Practices" is the website's motto.

But not all Bell residents are convinced. Some who live near City Hall said they saw people removing boxes from City Hall late Thursday night, well after normal city hours. The men, captured on camera by KABC-TV Channel 7, said they were not destroying documents.

At a news conference Friday, interim Chief Administrator Pedro Carrillo said no documents were shredded. One of the city's attorneys, Ruben Durand, said a "document cataloging firm" had been hired to make copies of records and determine what records the city had available.

"They were literally just supplies," Durand said.

Carrillo said he stayed at City Hall until 3 a.m. Friday and secured the building after the last attorney had left.

-- Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives