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City of Bell

'This Is A Sick Stunt'

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 10.04.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney in a municipal corruption case that nearly bankrupted a struggling Los Angeles suburb complained bitte...

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 ...

LA Times Wins Public Service Award For Bell Expose

AP | Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Times' investigation of the exorbitant salaries officials of a small California town paid themselves won a Public Ser...

Bell Police Union Under Investigation For Campaign Violations

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 08.17.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — California's campaign watchdog said Friday it is investigating whether the scandal-ridden city of Bell's police union violated sta...

Bell's Robert Rizzo Set Up Secret Pension Fund Worth Millions

AP | Posted 06.26.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A former public official accused of orchestrating a scam that nearly bankrupted a working-class Los Angeles suburb set up a secret pens...

Five Things Charlie Sheen Can Teach Us About Politics

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

1. No one is watching until there is a train wreck. Certainly Sheen has been a famous figure in Hollywood for decades, but Sheenmania didn't hit a f...

Bell Votes To Recall Council Members By Over 95%

AP | By JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. -- Voters in the scandal-plagued suburb of Bell turned out in force, leaving no doubt that they wanted four embattled council members fac...

Bell's Unity Fraying As Recall Elections Approach

AP | By JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. -- Nine months ago residents of this hardscrabble suburb on the edge of Los Angeles were united with one common battle cry: "Throw the bu...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

The City of Bell and Stereotypes

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

Instead of viewing the City of Bell through a stereotype that Latinos are greedy, why don't we expect people to act like Latino businessman and political activist Joe Sanchez?

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, ...