Scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb Bell has new mayor

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Ali Saleh

The Los Angeles suburb of Bell, whose name became synonymous last year with municipal corruption, has a new mayor who promises to remake the blue-collar city into a model of good government.

Ali Saleh, a lifelong resident of Bell, was elected mayor Monday night by his fellow council members.

Danny Harber, who has lived in Bell for 40 years, was chosen vice mayor.

Saleh, a local businessman helped lead a recall campaign the previous City Council after it was revealed that Bell officials were paying themselves and others huge salaries.

He was one of the leading vote-getters in last month's election in which residents threw out every member of the old City Council.

Eight former officials have been ordered to stand trial on fraud charges.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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