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Bell councilman a local hero for staying clear of corruption scandal

Oct 12, 2010 8:57:00 PM - latimes.com
Lorenzo Velez knows he owes the acclaim mostly to serendipity. He never got his colleagues' $100,000 salary because it wasn't offered. Spared from temptation, he says 'I believe the Lord was protecting me.'

Sitting in his living room around midnight, the man who may be Bell's last honest politician — or the most charmed — plays back voice mails on his cellphone.