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George Mirabel

Former Bell council members Lorenzo Velez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez listen to residents asking them to resign during a council meeting on July 26, 2010, in Bell, California. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

Bell Councilman: Ex-Officials Were Rizzo’s ‘Highly Paid Puppets’

The six current and former officials facing charges of looting the working-class suburb of Bell were actually highly paid puppets of the Los Angeles suburb’s disgraced city manager, according to the testimony of the lone member of the city council not facing criminal charges.

02/09/2011

Former Bell council members Lorenzo Velez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez listen to residents asking them to resign during a council meeting on July 26, 2010, in Bell, California. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

8 Bell Officials Due In Court Monday

Eight current and former Bell city officials are due in court Monday for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial on charges that they misappropriated public funds.

02/07/2011

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