Bell, California

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Broke City Uncovers Pols’ Secret $4.5M Pension Fund

Calif. city manager stashed $4.5 million to dodge pension limits

(Newser) - A Los Angeles suburb with a big hole in its finances has found $4.5 million in secret pension funds a disgraced city manager set up for himself and his cronies. Robert Rizzo and his former assistant, Angela Spaccia, created the funds to allow public employees in Bell—especially themselves—... More »

Emails Spark Outrage in Town Corruption Scandal

Bell officials planned to 'get fat together'

(Newser) - Los Angeles county prosecutors have released a batch of damning emails as evidence in the corruption case in the city of Bell. The city was in the midst of hiring a new police chief, when the top candidate fired off the following message: “I am looking forward to seeing... More »

LA Suburb Officials Hit With Corruption Charges

8 made Bell coffers 'their piggy bank': DA

(Newser) - Eight well-paid current and former officials of the city of Bell, Calif. , were rounded up and hit with a slew of corruption charges today, the LA Times reports. Among the eight were Michael Rizzo, the former city manager whose salary was nearly $800,000, and several council members who were... More »

$1.6M City Hall Salaries Spark Poor LA Suburb Revolt

$800K city manager resigns after protest

(Newser) - California Attorney General Jerry Brown has ordered an investigation to determine how three city administrators managed to collect $1.6 million in salaries in the working-class Los Angeles suburb of Bell. Revelation of the salaries sparked a massive protest among residents earlier this week, and triggered the resignation of the... More »

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