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The City of Bell mayor Oscar Hernandez reacts to calls by residents of the city asking for his resignation during a council meeting on July 26, 2010 in Bell, California. The council members have voted to cut their salaries in response to public outcry at city officials' high salaries.
Monday night in Bell, the City Council voted to cut council member wages from $96,000 per year to $673 a month. Mayor Oscar Hernandez and his vice mayor gave up their salaries for the remainder of their terms. Attorney General Jerry Brown has subpoenaed Bell records to determine whether illegalities are occurring in government payrolls. Will lower incomes allow Bell city council members to remain in office, or is this too little too late? What changes in California law needed to stop these abuses?
Jerry Brown, California Attorney General and candidate for Governor
Frank Stoltze, KPCC reporter