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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)

Trial Ordered For 6 Of Bell’s Current, Former City Officials

Six of Bell’s current and former city officials were ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges of misappropriating public funds.

02/16/2011

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)

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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Bell Leaders Want City To Pay Their Legal Bills

Three present and former Bell city leaders facing public corruption charges want the cash-strapped city to pay their legal bills.

01/11/2011

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Bell City Council Meeting Ends Abruptly After Outburst

A Bell City Council meeting ended abruptly Monday after city leaders were called “shameless thugs” by a spectator.

12/14/2010

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Recall Election Scheduled For City Of Bell

The crowd outside Bell City Hall erupted in cheers when the City Council for the scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb voted to hold a recall election, although many were not happy that they couldn’t watch the historic moment in person.

11/02/2010

Bell California City Council Members Arraigned On Corruption Charges

Bell Seeks Council Quorum To Set Recall Election

The city council of a scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb will meet to schedule a recall election in which angry residents could vote them out of office.

11/01/2010

Bell Salaries

Bell Mayor Released From Jail On $250K Bond

Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez has been released from jail after spending nearly a week behind bars following his arrest on corruption charges.

09/28/2010

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Bail Remains High For Key Bell Scandal Defendants

A judge Wednesday postponed the arraignment of eight current and former Bell city officials charged with misappropriating public funds until Oct. 21.

09/22/2010

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