The City of Bell is a warm and friendly town composed of young families, small businesses, and an industrial district located on the east bank of the Los Angeles River in southeast Los Angeles County. Bell is known as the key to industry, given it is located in the heart of the central Los Angeles industrial market.
Its’ convenient location and close proximity to transportation corridors including Interstate 5 (Santa Ana Freeway), Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) and the Union Pacific Railroad make Bell an ideal venue for business interests. Bell is nestled between the San Gabriel Mountains and the port of Long Beach in the Los Angeles basin. It is only minutes away from Downtown Los Angeles, as well as cultural and sports attractions including Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Although small in size, according to the 2010 US Census, the City boasts a population of 35,000 residents, a third of which are under the age of 18. Bell is vibrant community proud of its ethnic diversity with immigrants from throughout Latin America and a growing Lebanese American immigrant community.
If you take a stroll through our town and you will find beautiful parks filled with families, tree-lined streets, and lots of unique shops and business. We are quite proud of our clean and safe community. Bell is a great place to locate your and a great place to call home. We invite you to visit us and find out why!
The City of Bell is a Charter City. The City's Charter defines the manner in which the City governs and administers its municipal affairs similar to the manner in which the United States Constitution defines the powers of our national government. Each Charter City document is unique.
The City of Bell Charter document spells out the responsibilities of the City Council, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), also known as the City Manager, as well as City Officers and Employees. In addition, the Charter details information about Personnel, Fiscal Administration, Elections and other important functions.
For a city to be under the rule of a charter, its local electorate must approve the implementation of a charter by way of a vote. In 2005, the City of Bell held a special municipal election to establish Charter rule and replace the former General Law City rule. To learn more about the City of Bell Charter document and its provisions, click here.
At the March 3, 2015 General Municipal Election the City of Bell voters voted in favor of amending certain sections of the City Charter. To view the amended version of the City Charter, please click here.