LOS ANGELES — Arne Croce, the recently appointed interim chief administrative officer of the beleaguered city of Bell, a Los Angeles-area working class community of 50,000 residents, has his work cut out for him.

Even as prosecutors move ahead with pre-trial hearings against eight former city officials accused of theft, fraud and mismanaging city funds, Croce has the task of restoring fiscal order to the city.

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