ALAMEDA, Calif. — Fitch Ratings dropped its ratings on Bell to junk Tuesday, as the small Southern California city continued to reel from its unusual financial practices, which included paying a former city administrator almost $800,000 a year.

Fitch downgraded Bell's $50 million of outstanding general obligation bonds to BB from A-plus, and downgraded $7.5 million of Bell Public Financing Authority taxable pension obligation bonds to BB-minus from A-plus.

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