Yesterday, more than one third of the voters in Bell turned out to the polls to decided whether or not the indicted members of the city council would have the privilege of completing their terms.

With more than 95% of ballots agreeing, they won’t be extended that courtesy.

The Bell residents exacted a form of public justice all of their own by replacing three city council members with new people, restoring some of the integrity of the embattled city’s integrity and respect.

Full recovery will take years, but at least now the process can begin.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Bell residents voted overwhelmingly to recall four embattled council members Tuesday with 100% of the votes counted in the small southeast Los Angeles County city.

More than 95% of the city’s residents voted to recall council members Teresa Jacobo, Oscar Hernandez and George Mirabal, as well as Councilman Luis Artiga, who resigned but was still on the ballot.

In the race to fill the remaining term of Jacobo, retired baker Danny Harber won with 1,468 votes, or 54.4%, to Coco Ceja’s 1,239 votes, according to final election returns.

Attorney Ana Maria Quintana tallied 1,305 votes, or 44%, to fill the remaining term of Artiga. Miguel A. Sanchez, who passed away last week, was in second with 683 votes, or 23% of the total.

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