Nearly a year after a municipal corruption scandal blew up in the Los Angeles County city of Bell, resulting in the forced resignation of top officials, new leaders say the city is beginning to take the initial steps toward fiscal health.

Newly anointed interim chief administrative officer Arne Croce, who started work this week, is working on the adoption of a city budget. His weekly salary of $3,230 with no benefits is a dramatic drop from the $1.5 million annual salary and compensation package received by former city manager Robert Rizzo.

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