Bell city election results approved; new council to be sworn in
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday officially accepted the results of Bell’s recent city election, which paves the way for Bell's all-new, all-novice City Council to be sworn in within 48 hours.
A decision has not yet been made on when to hold the swearing-in ceremony. It will likely be made by the end of the business day Tuesday, said Magdalena Prado, a senior management analyst with the city.
According to emergency legislation passed by California lawmakers, Bell's city clerk is required to swear in the newly elected city council within 48 hours after the election results are certified.
The Bell City Council would normally be given the authority to certify the election results, but the council has not been functioning for months. Four of the five council members have been arrested on corruption charges, and of those, two have quit and two have been ordered by a judge to stay away from City Hall.
As a result, the five-member council has been left without a quorum to conduct meetings. In response, state lawmakers last month gave county supervisors the authority to certify the election results on behalf of the city of Bell.
The newly elected council members are Danny Harber, Ana Maria Quintana, Ali Saleh, Nestor Valencia and Violeta Alvarez.
The supervisors voted 3-0 to certify the election results. Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky were absent.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration
Photo: Supporters of Bell City Council candidate Ali Saleh celebrate his victory on election night. Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times