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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...

Report: $425K Missing In Bell Land Deal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. -- A California city plagued by a corruption scandal paid more than double the assessed value for a plot of land in 2006 and nearly a hal...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Bell Got $3 Million In Illegal Property Taxes

AP | ROBERT JABLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — The tiny blue-collar city that granted huge salaries to its top officials may have to repay nearly $3 million in illegal property...

Bell Residents Slam Whitman For Trying To Link Jerry Brown To Salary Scandal

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Bell residents blasted Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman for equating the salary and pension fiasco unfolding in their city with what occur...

Tipster in Bell Scandal Waited Months for DA, Then Was Arrested

Chase Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Chase Davis

A former Bell City Council member arrested in September on felony charges of misappropriating public funds told investigators more than a year ago that the city was plagued with bribery.

State, Local Prosecutors Join Forces In Bell Investigation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — California and Los Angeles County prosecutors are joining forces to investigate the enormous salaries earned by officials in Bell...

Santa Clara - A Bigger Bell, California

Gil Laroya | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gil Laroya

In recent weeks, the emerging story of the small town of Bell, California demonstrated to the country how city government can become too big and brash...

Report: CalPERS Knew Of Bell's Salaries Years Ago, Did Nothing

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Officials at California's state pension fund found out about the high salaries paid to officials with the city of Bell but did not...

Did Bell Pay Salaries Through 'Aggressive' Towing?

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Some community activists in Bell are demanding an independent investigation into complaints that Bell police unfairly towed and impounded cars. Acc...

Is Your City Paying For Bell's Pensions?

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Cities across Southern California will be on the hook for the pensions paid to municipal officials in Bell, where excessive salaries ...

Pensions Withheld For Bell Officials

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — California pensions will be withheld for three former Bell administrators until the state attorney general determines whether the...

Outrage Remains Despite Council Vote To Cut Pay

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Investigations involving the high pay of leaders in this blue-collar city intensified Tuesday as prosecutors said they were looki...

BELL TO PAY: Jerry Brown Subpoenas Records In Bell Salary Scandal

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Under pressure from outraged residents and facing a probe by the California attorney general, the beleaguered City Council of thi...

Bell Arrests: At Least 8 City Officials Arrested As Prosecutors Are Set To File Criminal Charges

AP/HuffPost | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP); The mayor and ex-city manager of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell were among eight current and former city officials arrested Tuesday ...

Jerry Brown Announces Lawsuits To Recover Money From Bell Officials

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The California attorney general's office sued eight current and former officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell on Wednesday, ...

Report: DOJ To Probe Civil Rights Violations In Bell

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The blue-collar suburb of Bell, already under investigation for possible misuse of funds and voter fraud, is also facing a federal...