LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city of Bell wants to show it’s ready to put residents back to work after a corruption scandal that has tarnished the town’s reputation.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports over 125 people were in line at the Bell Community Center before the job fair even opened on Friday.

City Councilman Nestor Valencia lauded the effort that saw job applications for Wells Fargo, Vons, UPS, and despite its financial struggles, even the city of Bell itself.

“We have two positions open here,” Valencia said, which include a contract position for one of Bell’s mobile parks.

Valencia also expressed optimism that the city may soon resume its search for a new City Attorney and Chief of Police.

City officials and state legislators are hoping the hiring boost will send a message to the community at large that Bell is once again open for business.

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