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Angry Bell residents gather at City Hall, wonder if council will meet

October 4, 2010 |  7:00 pm

At Bell City Hall, where council members were set to meet for the first time since last month's sweeping corruption charges were filed, dozens of residents waited under a drizzly sky to see whether the meeting would take place. Bell City Hall

With four council members recently indicted, and one of them resigning earlier Monday, Joe Carmona wondered whether the officials would show up. But if they did, the nearly 40-year Bell resident said he was ready.

"Look at the hairs on my arms stand up. This torques me to no end," Carmona said. "I have my doubts, but I would like them to show up so they can receive more heat."

Former Bell resident John Cueller, 55, said he wanted the accused council members to appear "and face the music, so we can yell at them and give them a hard time again."

But about half an hour before the 7 p.m. meeting, they were among only a handful of people to show up on the chilly evening to protest.

Carmona said he didn't know what direction the city of Bell would take, but as for the indicted politicians, he said:

"I'm not a cook," he said,  "but I hope they fry."

-- Hector Becerra at Bell City Hall

Photo: Residents gather at City Hall. Credit: Hector Becerra /Los Angeles Times