Daily Outrage: Low-income SoCal city pays municipal officials top dollar 

WHAT: Bell, one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County, pays its chief administrative officer nearly $800,000, plus annual 12 percent raises. The police chief of the 38,000-population city receives $457,000 and Bell City Council members earn almost $100,000 for part-time duties.

HOW: Bell sold $50 million of general obligation bonds in the past six years, tripling its per capita debt from $599 to $1,972. Meanwhile, municipal revenue dropped even as spending went up in the city, where the average income is $24,800 a year.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: Hundreds of furious Bell residents packed a City Council meeting and demanded the resignation of the mayor and most top officials. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation.

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