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Legislature passes emergency law to seat new Bell City Council [Updated]

March 21, 2011 |  4:12 pm

An emergency law that will allow the new Bell City Council to be seated passed the Assembly unanimously Monday and is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

Pedro Carrillo, Bell's interim chief administrative officer, said he expects that the city clerk will swear in the five new council members by the third week of April at the latest.

The law passed the state Senate unanimously Thursday.

Beleaguered Bell was in the odd situation of not having a City Council to certify the results of its March 8 election. The predicament came about after Superior Court Judge Henry Hall ordered three council members to stay 100 feet away from City Hall and not to partake in city business, leaving the panel without the quorum necessary to conduct business. Hall gave his order after finding that there was enough evidence to bind them over for trial on corruption charges.

The bill allows the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to certify the election.

"We're very happy that the Legislature has crafted a tool that's very necessary for us to restore order in the city of Bell and get to work," Carrillo said from Sacramento, where he testified in favor of the bill.

[Updated at 7:33 p.m.: Gov. Brown has signed the Bell emergency legislation.]


Bell seeks emergency legislation to certify election results

-- Jeff Gottlieb