Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We're Not Here to Talk About the Past: The City of Bell Moves Forward

Last night, a tense crowd of about 270 filled the Bell Community Center, attending the first meeting of its new City Council. As reported by the LA Times, the hopeful mood was a stark contrast to the anger of previous months, as the scandal-plagued city rid itself of a spectacularly corrupt group of leaders. A local businessman, Ali Saleh, was appointed mayor by the Council

Bell, of course, still faces enormous problems. It needs to cut roughly a third of its budget to avoid insolvency, and is currently exploring the possibility of outsourcing police services to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office. But we hope yesterday was a step forward. If nothing else, the new City Council will have little margin for missteps. There's still plenty of anger towards the previous Council, and it's not likely that much graft will be tolerated. As 76-year-old Carmen Bella said at the meeting, "I don't want liars at the City Council. Please don't lie to us, because sooner or later we'll find out that you lied."


  1. JustinApr 12, 2011 01:48 PM
    "I don't want liars at the City Council"

    I always get a kick out of lines like this, right up there with "People want freedom." It's a great soundbite but proves itself false time and time again.

    I sure hope Ms. Bella is sincere, and perhaps with the corruption of those pigf**kers on the previous council there will be a push for complete honesty. But forgive me if I am skeptical.
  2. GSLApr 12, 2011 01:51 PM
    Yeah, I'm gonna try to be optimistic about it, but the track record of government honesty is not a good one. The best thing the people of Bell have going for themselves is that they all but tarred and feathered the last bunch of bastards on that Council.
  3. JustinApr 12, 2011 01:56 PM
    I'm sure the previous council was just an aberration and in no way a microcosm of government, though. That could never happen on a national level.
  4. GSLApr 12, 2011 02:13 PM
    Exactly. Those guys were just bad apples. To suggest that government everywhere else doesn't represent "the people" is crazy. And racist.