AG Brown asks for court-appointed monitor for Bell

California attorney general Jerry Brown has asked Bell city officials to agree to a court-appointed monitor for the scandal-plagued city.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that Brown made the request in a Sept. 30 letter e-mailed to the city. The letter, obtained by the Times, requests that the city agree to a "memorandum of understanding" by Friday. If city officials do not agree to the court-appointed monitor, Brown plans to proceed with efforts to have a receiver appointed.

Among other things, the proposed monitor would have authority to investigate matters surrounding the attorney general's civil lawsuit and the criminal corruption charges filed against eight current and former Bell leaders.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times

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