LA Times Wins Pulitzer For Exposing Bell Salary Scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for a series exposing how politicians in the struggling, working-class city of Bell, Calif., were paying themselves enormous, six-figure salaries.

The newspaper’s reporting that officials in the 37,000-resident town were jacking up property taxes and other fees in part to cover the huge salaries led to arrests and the ouster of some of the city’s political leaders.

The Times won a second Pulitzer for feature photography, and The New York Times won two Pulitzers for international reporting and for commentary.

But in a year in which the earthquake in Haiti and the disastrous Gulf oil spill were some of the biggest news stories, the Pulitzer Board decided not to give an award in the category of breaking news.

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  • Sandi A

    The LA Times is an excellent newspaper.

    • Saber 1

      L A Times is the mouth piece for the politicians and other left wingers. THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER will give you the news, no matter how much the truth hurts.

  • Seldom Seen Sam

    The LA Times is the Best in The West. Excellent reporting that is timely and fact-based.

  • drozone69

    Sad state of affairs when our only watchdog group is the Media.Goes to show you that Bell is simply a scapegoat.Most City’s are doing this to the citizens,alway will always have.

    • Greg Rodmy

      Cities aren’t doing this. People do this. When they get caught, they’ll look scared and ashamed as the photo above. They will be ruined far beyond what the few years that their wealth afforded them for that brief yet good time. Corrupt officials beware.

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