Spaccia Testifies She Didn’t Realize Bell Salaries Were Insane

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Bell city official on trial for corruption has testified she belatedly realized that officials’ salaries in the small blue collar suburb had become insane.

Angela Spaccia, the former assistant city manager, said Wednesday she couldn’t believe the figures when she read them in the newspaper after the city scandal became big news. She claimed all salaries were set by her boss, Robert Rizzo, and she was disgusted with the financial demands made by the police chief.

Spaccia, who is in her fourth day on the witness stand, also said she regretted writing a widely quoted email comparing official greed to hogs and pigs. She said she was just trying to be funny.

Rizzo pleaded no contest to 69 corruption charges, leaving Spaccia to stand trial alone on 13 charges.

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