Bell Rung

Last week, Bell got rung. This week comes proof that when voters want to, we can stop getting robbed.

Bell, a small city in Southern California, made national news last week when residents angrily protested after learning through news reports of the exorbitant pay of its city manager, 787,637 dollars annually, and the chief of police, 457,000 dollars.

With 17% of Bell residents living in poverty, the bloated salaries are even more astounding.

Under pressure from residents, City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia who also made 376,288 dollars a year have resigned. Bell residents are expected to push for the resignations of four of the five council members -- each of the four makes 100,000 dollars a year.

This is a lesson to all Americans - it's time to just say no!

Los Angeles Times journalists Catherine Saillant, Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives who have done a brilliant job investigating the city of Bell are busy with new tips.

"We are getting tips everyday and following up," Saillant wrote in her newspaper.

"The public is so energized on this. I have never seen a response like this to a story and I've been a journalist for 23 years," she added.

We can't expect to overcome the inbred corruption in our political system until we get focused.