With the dawn of the twenty-first century, Bell has become a city rather familiar with bad publicity. Prior to a double scandal that took place in 2000, when thousands of Academy Award ballots and more than fifty Academy Award statues disappeared from separate locations while in transit through that city; and before the government corruption scandal ten years later, when the city’s top executives and members of the city council were sued and ultimately criminally charged for awarding themselves astronomical salaries from the public till, Bell was little more than just another small Los Angeles suburban city of around thirty-six thousand people with a high concentration– close to ninety-one percent – of Latino and Hispanic residents. Founded and incorporated as a city a couple years prior to the start of the Great Depression, carved out of Spanish land-grant territory, Bell grew rapidly during the decade prior to and after the incorporation.
The city’s shape on the map is not that of a simple polygon. Its borders roughly describe a crude, angular drawing of an eastward-facing duck. The “head” part of the duck, the northeastern portion of the city, is where the bulk of the city’s warehousing and distribution industry is located. A satellite view of the area reveals several large, flat warehouse and factory roofs fringed on all sides by the tops of large tractor-trailers being loaded or unloaded. This upper region is bounded and bisected by a network railroads that connects Bell to the major junctions nearby. The neighbor to the north of the “head” area of Bell is The City of Commerce. The back of the “duck’s head” is outlined first by the Long Beach Freeway, or the 710, and by the Los Angeles River, whose curve makes up the “neck” that joins the northern section to the somewhat larger southern “body” of the duck. The northern boundary of this “body” area is defined by Randolph Street, which is the southern boundary of Bell’s neighbor Maywood. The western boundary of this area is described by the curve of Salt Lake Avenue, across from which are the neighborhoods of Huntington Park and Walnut Park. The southern boundary of Bell’s “body” area is a jagged line that runs between Florence Avenue and Live Oak Street that separates Bell from Cudahy and South Gate. Finally, to eastern edge of this southern region of Bell contains the Los Angeles River and is described by the Long Beach Freeway, which runs parallel to and just to the east of the river. Crossing the river and freeway to the east brings one to the similarly-named Bell Gardens. Compared to the northern part of the city, this southern section has a higher concentration of residences, as well as some of the historic buildings that were erected at or around the founding and original development of the city in the transitional period between the nineteenth century and twentieth century, most notably the house that bears the name of one of the key figures in the establishment of Bell, James George Bell. Employees in the warehousing and distribution sector in the northern section of Bell may be working under what is commonly known as the “just in time” inventory regime, which may result in a violation of employee rights. The requirement to work at a greater speed based on computer measurements may lead to a worker becoming disabled due to an injury, and terminated due to the disability. Each employee’s situation is different. If you have been terminated due to an injury or illness that led to a disability, contact us for a free consultation.