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Residents in scandal-torn Bell City call for recall of officials

09-06-2010 14:47 BJT

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Residents in Bell City near Los Angeles pressed their demand on Sunday for a recall of city officials in the wake of a salary scandal.

As a campaigner for the recall, a local group calling itself the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse (BASTA) said they need to collect about 2,500 signatures in the city of about 38,000 by the end of the year to qualify for a recall.

But organizers said they believe it will only take them a few weeks.

"It's perfect timing because people have gone through the initial anger and frustration, the yelling and screaming, and now it's about taking action," Dale Walker of BASTA told ABC7.

The recall could cost 100,000 dollars.

"It's not an expense, it's an investment in our community and in our future," BASTA member Cristina Garcia told ABC7. "I think if we see it that way then it's well worth us doing it. Good governance is priceless."

Many people have already set up yard signs supporting the recall, which could be combined with the city's general election in March if enough signatures are gathered in time.

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