Calif AG subpoenas city of Bell's records

California Attorney General Jerry Brown (C) asks his deputy Susan Leach (2nd R) to speak with a city of Bell resident Nestor Valencia (2nd L) after a news conference where he announced his office has issued subpoenas on July 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown (C) asks his deputy Susan Leach (2nd R) to speak with a city of Bell resident Nestor Valencia (2nd L) after a news conference where he announced his office has issued subpoenas on July 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

California's attorney general says he's subpoenaed hundreds of records from a Los Angeles suburb he's investigating for sky-high salaries earned by its leaders.

Attorney General Jerry Brown said Monday that he's demanding to see employment contracts from the city of Bell within 48 hours to determine whether to file charges.

The move follows last week's resignation of Bell's city manager, assistant manager and the police chief. They each earned hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to run a poverty-plagued city of about 40,000 people.

A public outcry also has led to demands for a recall of City Council members who are earning about $100,000 a year for part-time work.

Brown says his officer and the state pension system will also review salaries in other local jurisdictions.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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