In the autumn of 2010, city leaders awarded themselves huge bonuses in spite of the high poverty level in their town. On Mardis Gras Day 2011, the voters of Bell had their chance to change leadership.
New York Times on March 9, 2011:
“Residents of the scandal-riddled City of Bell, Calif., have ousted their entire city government.”
A landslide vote repalced all of City Council, including the only person not implicated in the scandals of 2010. Voting seems to work in this community. New council must dedicate itself to budget cuts and other actions in order to maintain city solvency. If they fail, the property may revert to LA County.
About 6,400 people live in poverty in Bell, California, but 10,000 jobs are open within 5 miles of the city center.