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Ali Saleh to serve as mayor of Bell

BELL — Councilman Ali Saleh, a local merchant active in the recall of disgraced City Council members in 2010 and the arrests of then city administrators Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaacia, was chosen mayor by his colleagues April 8.

Saleh, first elected in 2011 and re-elected March 3, replaces Mayor Nestor Valencia.

Alicia Romero, an educator elected to council in 2013, was re-appointed as mayor pro tem for another year.

Bell also welcomed new council member Fidercio Gallardo, who also was elected March 3.