City of Bell Councilmember and former Mayor Ali Saleh was a founding member of BASTA (Bell Association to Stop the Abuse), a community group that successfully brought down one of the most corrupt city governments in the history of California.
Since that historic election in 2011, Ali has successfully led the effort to implement ethical, best practices, transparency and fiscal reforms in Bell. He’s a symbol of how courage, tenacity and smart planning can rebuild a community’s trust and deliver on the promise of good government.
As a candidate for State Senate, Ali believes that authentic good government changes, should not only include ethical reforms, but also state laws that protect working families. And, he strongly believes in supporting large scale transportation projects to ease congestion in the region and economic development opportunities to create housing and local jobs.
Fluent in three languages— English, Spanish and Arabic— Ali navigates the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Southeast LA area with good-natured ease.
Born and raised in Bell, California, Ali Saleh is the son of Lebanese immigrants. He attended local schools and grew up playing football and baseball in area parks.
After high school, Ali dedicated himself to growing the family business. Today, Saleh and his brothers co-manage a successful wholesale and retail clothing business that includes a chain of apparel stores throughout the area.
Ali Saleh’s leadership extends well beyond the Bell City Council, since he represents the community on many regional government agencies. He is the immediate past Board President of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, Regional Council Board Member for Southern California Association of Governments, Board of Trustee Member for Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, and Board Member for Los Angeles County Sanitation District. This year, he was also appointed by California Speaker Anthony Rendon to the Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy .
Ali is the proud father of a daughter and three boys.