Bell activists deliver thousands of signatures in recall effort

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Bell resident Ali Saleh helps deliver signed petitions for a proposed recall of Bell city officials to city hall.

Activists in the city of Bell delivered a large box of signed petitions to city hall today. They want an election to recall four City Council members. Organizers regard the petition drive as a leap forward in restoring order to their government.

Members of the “Bell Association to Stop the Abuse” loaded the back of a four-door sedan with a tall stack of signed petitions and drove them to the City Clerk’s office.

Organizers say they’ve collected 16,000 signatures — 4,000 for each of the four city council members they want to recall.

Activist Cristina Garcia says she hopes the rest of the process will happen fast.

“This is a historic moment for us," she said. "The message here is that you can take your city back and so we’re taking our city back starting today and this is just the first step of many more to come and hopefully we’ll have lots of engagement in the future and for future generations.”

Bell’s City Clerk will forward the petitions to L.A. County for verification. If all goes smoothly, organizers expect their city to hold a recall election in January.

The four administrators targeted in the recall effort include Mayor Oscar Hernandez and council members Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal. All took home salaries of more than $100,000 a year for part-time work.

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