ALAMEDA, Calif. — Some California cities may have their bond-issuing abilities limited by a bill introduced last week by lawmakers responding to the crisis in Bell, where freewheeling financial policies have resulted in the resignations of three city officials.

The bill is part of last-minute legislation inspired by business practices in the small, working-class community nine miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Ripples from the revelation that Bell was paying its administrator almost $800,000 a year have spread far beyond the city of 40,000, and state lawmakers are eager to be seen doing something about it.

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