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October 09, 1986

City Services City Hall 588-6211

6330 Pine Ave.

Police (business) 588-6211

6326 Pine Ave.

Fire (business) 560-1571

6320 Pine Ave.

Post Office 560-2931

6327 Otis Ave.

Library 560-2149

4411 E. Gage Ave.

In Emergency, Dial 911 GOVERNMENT City Council: George Cole (mayor), Jay B. Price (mayor pro tem), Rolf Janssen, Ray Johnson, George G. Mirabal

City Manager: Byron Woosley

Fire Chief: John Englund

Police Chief: Frank Fording

Area Lawmakers Congress: Matthew G. Martinez, Democrat, 30th District; 1712 W. Beverly Blvd., No. 201, Montebello, 90640; (213) 722-7731

State Assembly: Teresa P. Hughes, Democrat, 47th District; 3375 S. Hoover St., Suite F, Los Angeles, 90007; (213) 747-7451

State Senate: Robert G. Beverly, Republican, 29th District; 1611 S. Pacific Coast Highway, No. 102, Redondo Beach, 90277; (213) 540-1611

County Supervisor: Edmund D. Edelman, 3rd District; Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Room 821, Los Angeles, 90012; (213) 974-1033

STATISTICS Population: 28,524

Area: 2.81 square miles

Incorporation: Nov. 7, 1927

Median household income: $17,076

Median home value: $64,619

Median age: 28.1 years

Racial/ethnic mix: white, 73.1%; Latino, 67.2%; black, 0.6%; other, 26.3%

(Total is more than 100% because racial/ethnic breakdowns overlap) FOCUS

Roll of the Dice The city took a gamble in 1978 by looking to a revenue source that was new to the Southeast area--a card club. The result was the California Bell Club, which at one point brought in more than $1 million a year to the city. The casino--built in 1980--was the cornerstone of the city's redevelopment efforts in an industrial area near Eastern Avenue and Bandini Boulevard. The city recently focused its revitalization efforts on commercial and residential pockets along the Atlantic Avenue corridor, one of the busiest streets in Bell. The city is hoping that a 90,000-square-foot retail center planned near Atlantic Avenue and Randolph Street will serve to attract more private investment and stimulate growth in Bell's commercial district. The proposed center, as well as future commercial projects, will replace such decaying properties such as the former Atlantic Lumber site and Maywood-Bell Ford auto dealership.

Statistics: Donnelley Demographics (1985 estimates)

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