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Bell City Council Recall Initiative Qualifies For Ballot

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LOS ANGELES — The city clerk in the scandal-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Bell says county elections officials have verified enough voter signatures for a recall election targeting three City Council members.

Bell City Clerk Rebecca Valdez said Tuesday that the certified petitions will be given to the Council, which must now schedule an election that could oust most of its members.

She says the council is expected to take up the issue Monday.

The petition drive was launched in August, soon after the Los Angeles Times reported that several elected officials and administrators were being paid huge salaries to run the working-class town of 40,000, where one in six people lives in poverty.

Four council members face criminal charges, and one has resigned.

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