On March 8 the city's voters will have something they haven't had in years: candidates not hand-picked by former City Administrator Robert Rizzo — 18 of them.
When last the people of Bell had a chance to pick their local leaders, the choices were pinched, the outcome all but predetermined. When Ali Saleh, who runs a family clothing business, filed candidacy papers for a council seat in 2009, his phone rang with what he described as a warning from then-City Administrator Robert Rizzo. "You don't have a chance," he recalled Rizzo saying.
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