A full house of about 270 people filled the city's community center. An additional 25 or so listened outside where a loudspeaker was set up. "It's like having a new city come to life," said resident Roger Ramirez, 57.
It was just a few months ago that a Bell City Council meeting meant a crowd of people yelling at the council members. "Crooks" was one of the milder epithets.
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