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Ultimate Defense For Financial Crime: I'm Ignorant & Illiterate

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 04.24.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell had no training that would have alerted him...

Disgraced City Officials Go To Trial In Massive Corruption Case

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 01.14.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Six former officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell go on trial this week in a massive corruption case that nearly bankrupted the L...

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 Recall Elections A Chance To Begin Anew

AP | By JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. -- After months of outrage directed at a city government that made this modest Southern California suburb the national poster child for m...

In Closing Arguments, Bell Officials Blame All On Rizzo

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The mayor, vice mayor and four other past and present officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell shirked their responsibilities ...

Bell Trial: Rizzo Ruled The Roost

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The six current and former officials facing charges of looting the working-class suburb of Bell were actually highly paid puppets ...

Bell City Councilman Testifies About Phantom Agencies In Corruption Hearing

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The disgraced former city manager who once earned $1.5 million a year in salary and benefits was the shot-caller who ran the scand...

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 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...

Breakdown In Talks Between City Of Bell And State

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The California attorney general's office says it will go to court to ask for an outside monitor to oversee affairs in Bell after n...

Robert Rizzo's Home Gets The Toilet Paper Treatment

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — First he was charged with 53 criminal counts in a public corruption scandal that has gained nationwide attention. No...

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...

Citizen Revolt - Sweep Out the Bums!

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Could it be a trend? Oh, please tell me it's a trend! There seems to be a mini-movement underway of disgruntled taxpayers and law enforcement offici...

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...

Chartering Towards Destruction: The Real Cause of the Scandals in Bell and Vernon

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

How did officials get away with giving themselves exorbitant salaries, top notch medical insurance, hefty retirement plans, and high-paying consulting gigs? The answer is charter cities.

Bell City Manager's Salary Package Topped $1.5 Million

AP | ROBERT JABLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — California's attorney general subpoenaed nine present and past Bell city officials Monday, ordering them to turn over their financ...

Disgraced Bell City Manager A No-Show At DUI Hearing

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Via KTLA WESTMINSTER -- Disgraced former Bell city manager, Robert Rizzo, is facing more legal trouble -- this time for driving under the influence...

Robert Rizzo, Bell's 800k Man, Resigns From Post

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Residents in this modest blue-collar Los Angeles suburb where one in six lives in poverty were angry: Their city manager was gett...