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Bell collected hefty fines in hundreds for code-enforcement cases

Dec 16, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Legal experts point to lack of due process and judicial oversight in hundreds of 'civil compromises' where plumbers, carpet cleaners and bottle-gatherers paid $25 to $1,000 for alleged code violations.

The city of Bell extracted tens of thousands of dollars from plumbers, carpet cleaners, even people scavenging for bottles and cans by seizing vehicles for alleged code violations then pressuring the owners to pay arbitrary fines.

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