How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Bell corruption scandal inspires a new media experiment: A newspaper, in Spanish

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It's been a while since all heck broke loose in Bell, a working-class, Latino-majority city in southeast Los Angeles County.

In 2010, eight city officials that included the mayor and former city manager were arrested and charged with corruption. Things have settled down somewhat since, and the city has just named a new city manager to replace the one accused of bilking residents.

But some of the same circumstances that contributed to the scandal, namely a busy, working-poor immigrant population with little political investment or involvement, are still there. And while mainstream media coverage became intense for a while, with two Los Angeles Times reporters who investigated the scandal winning a Pulitzer, this coverage still doesn't easily filter down to residents. All of which has made the city a draw for the latest local media experiment.

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