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Calif. AG wants outside monitor for Bell

October 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The scandal-plagued city of Bell could soon be under the watchful eye of an outside monitor if the California attorney general's office has its way.The attorney general's office told the Los Angeles Times it intends to go to court to make it happen.

School districts have gone into receivership, but Bell might be the first California city to do so.

Talks on oversight broke down when the two sides couldn't come to an agreement that the state felt guaranteed accountability and transparency.

Eight former and current Bell officials face criminal charges for mishandling millions of dollars in city funds.