Six years ago, the small city of Maywood was struggling to stay afloat financially. So it turned to its larger neighbor, Bell, for help, essentially handing over day-to-day operations to that city.
The arrangement ultimately helped expose massive corruption in Bell, leading to top city officials being charged and convicted in a scandal that garnered national attention.
Today, Maywood is back on the brink of financial collapse and struggling to find any kind of rescue plan. The 1.2-square-mile municipality — one of the smallest in Los Angeles County — has amassed $16 million in debt that it cannot repay, according to a state report reviewed by The Times.