LOS ANGELES — Bell, Calif., became famous for the wrong reasons in 2010 after the public learned that it was paying exorbitant salaries to its administrators and elected officials.

As those former officials deal with the ensuing corruption charges, Bell's current leaders say it's a new day for the Los Angeles-area working-class city of 50,000, which has since elected an entirely new slate of City Council members and a mayor in early 2011.

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