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Beleaguered Calif. city may close PD

Bell Police Capt. Anthony Miranda hopes that 'through this turmoil, we can ... find a way to keep that ship afloat'

BELL, Calif. — The scandal-ravaged city of Bell is teetering on the brink of insolvency and drastic cuts in city services likely will be necessary to repair its finances, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The report by the Los Angeles County auditor-controller paints the most dire financial picture yet of the blue-collar suburb of some 40,000 people, according to the Times.

The findings were discussed with the newspaper by officials familiar with its contents who spoke on condition of anonymity because the document remains under seal. The report is expected to be released next month.

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