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Bell Residents Sign On to Recall Three Civic Leaders

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The momentum was there, and now residents in the troubled city of Bell "have gathered enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot aimed at ousting three City Council members accused of participating in a pay scandal," reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

The three civic leaders are Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo, Councilman George Mirabal, each of whom were discovered to have been earning "nearly $100,000 a year for their service." The recall movement initially included Councilman Luis Artiga, who has now resigned, and says he is in favor of the recall.

Residents and grassroots proponents of the recall are pleased that the signatures were collected and validated by election officials. Now the matter will go before the council next week.