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Bell Salary Scandal

Felony Charges Against Former Bell Officials Dropped

AP | Posted 02.28.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A judge dismissed some felony charges against a former mayor and ex-councilman of the scandal-plagued city of Bell who were accused of ...

More Power To Ya: Gov. Brown Signs Off On Closer Look At Who's Abusing City Money

AP | Posted 12.05.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that expands the state auditor's authority to investigate misuse of city and count...

Robert Rizzo Rushed To The Hospital

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The former city manager accused of looting a Los Angeles suburb of more than $5.5 million was rushed to a hospital Wednesday after...

Prosecutors Lay Out Their Case In Bell Corruption Case

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors began laying out their case Tuesday against a handful of public officials they say operated a scam that bilked one of ...

Former Police Chief: 'I Am Looking Forward To...Taking All Of Bell's Money'

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The two top officials in the scandal-ridden California city of Bell illegally paid themselves hugely inflated salaries and created...

Candidates Scramble To Replace Disgraced Bell City Officials

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — With most of the City Council that turned this nondescript Los Angeles suburb into a national symbol of municipal corruption faci...

Whoops: Outside Audits Repeatedly Missed Bell's Financial Problems

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A report says audits of a scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb repeatedly failed to flag cases of fraud and mismanagement, giving th...

Bell Corruption Defendants Want City To Pay Legal Bills

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Three present and former Bell city leaders facing public corruption charges now want the cash-strapped city to pay their legal bi...

Bell Audit Results To Be Revealed Tonight

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Residents of the scandal-plagued California city of Bell can hear the latest on state audits of their town at a Monday night meet...

Bell Recall Initiative Qualifies For Ballot

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The city clerk in the scandal-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Bell says county elections officials have verified enough voter signatu...

Bell 8 Plead Not Guilty

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Eight current and former officials have pleaded not guilty to looting millions of dollars from California's modest blue-collar cit...

Slideshow: The Ten Best (And Ten Worst) City Policies of 2010

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

In Denver, where three in five students are Latino and many have parents with poor English skills, the school system has taken to the radio waves.

Report: Bell Officials Took More Than $1 Million In Affordable Housing Money

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Officials in the scandal-ridden city of Bell took at least $1.2 million intended for affordable housing and street repairs and use...

Rizzo Makes $2 Million Bail

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, who is facing 53 charges that he helped misappropriate millions in public funds, will be released from jail aft...

Bell Police Chief Ran In 5k, Rode Bikes Despite Alleged Disability

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A California police chief who resigned over outrage about huge salaries for city officials claimed he was disabled but took spinni...

Bell City Council Meeting Cancelled Due to No-Shows

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — It was the first regularly scheduled City Council meeting in the corruption-riddled Los Angeles suburb of Bell since eight curren...

Robert Rizzo's Bail Set At $2 Million

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — After months of jaw-dropping salaries numbers, tales of corruption and citizen outrage, eight current and former officials from th...

8 Bell Officials Face Judge In Corruption Case

AP | JOHN ROGERS and ROBERT JABLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Eight current and former officials of the city of Bell appeared in shackles before judges Wednesday in a corruption case prosecuto...

City Of Bell Forced To Return $3 Million In Illegal Property Taxes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado signed a bill Monday ordering the return of nearly $3 million in property taxes the state says was illega...

Jerry Brown's Case Against Bell Officials Could Be 'Dead'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A judge questioned Thursday whether outgoing state Attorney General Jerry Brown has the legal authority to sue eight current and f...

Insult To Injury: Bell Residents Overpaid More Than $621,000 In Illegal Sewer Fees

ktla.com | KTLA News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL -- A new report says property owners in the City of Bell overpaid hundreds of thousands of dollars in sewer fees. This is just the latest grie...

Last Minute Legislative Rush Addresses Bell Scandal, Expands Carpool Lane Use

latimes.com | Jack Dolan and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure Monday allowing tens of thousands more Californians with environmentally friendly cars to drive solo in ca...

Disgraced City Manager Pleads Guilty to DUI Charges

KTLA | KTLA News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WESTMINSTER (KTLA)-- Disgraced former Bell city manager, Robert Rizzo, pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence of alcohol. Rizzo, 5...

Bell Eliminates Dubious 'Loan Program' For City Officials

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — The California city of Bell has ended a loan program devised by the former city administrator whose exorbitant salary sparked a s...

Bell Council OKs Property Tax Cuts After Overcharging Residents $3 Million

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — This small, working class city gave nearly $900,000 in loans to former officials, employees and at least two council members in t...