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OC Transit Authority Rejects Deal With Bell Auditors

The Orange County Transit Authority won’t rehire its auditor after the company failed to spot problems in the city of Bell, where ex-top officials have been charged with corruption for awarding themselves massive salaries.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/29/2011

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Cudahy City Hall Fires Four Top Officials

The Los Angeles County city of Cudahy has fired its longtime city manager, city attorney and placed two other city employees on administrative leave.


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Bell City Officials Plead Not Guilty In Salary Scandal

Six former Bell city officials pleaded not guilty Friday morning to misappropriating public funds by accepting lofty salaries for serving on boards and commissions that seldom met.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/18/2011

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Medical Marijuana Tax, Pension Cuts Up For Grabs In LA Election

It’s Election Day in Los Angeles once again, with voters deciding on everything from a tax on oil and medical pot to vacant City Council seats.


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City Of Bell Ordered To Pay $750k In Officer Sex Case

The city of Bell will pay $750,000 to a woman forced by a ex-cop to perform a sex act during a traffic stop.


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Preliminary Hearing Set To Resume For Ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo

A preliminary hearing is scheduled to resume Monday for former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo and former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, who are charged with misappropriation of public funds.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–02/28/2011

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Judge Refuses To Quit Bell Corruption Case

A judge has refused to remove himself from a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for a former city manager to stand trial on corruption charges in the Southern California suburb of Bell.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–02/22/2011

Former Bell council members Lorenzo Velez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez listen to residents asking them to resign during a council meeting on July 26, 2010, in Bell, California. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

Bell Corruption Hearing Ends

Preliminary hearings in the misapropriation case against six Bell officials concluded Wednesday.

CBS2 / KCAL9–02/16/2011

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Bell City Clerk Admits To Lying About Salaries

Bell’s city clerk continued testifying Thursday in the corruption case.

CBS2 / KCAL9–02/10/2011


Bell Councilman: ‘Everything’ Ran Through Rizzo

Councilman Lorenzo Velez dropped a few bombshells on the second day of preliminary hearings to determine whether the case proceeds to trial.


Former Bell council members Lorenzo Velez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez listen to residents asking them to resign during a council meeting on July 26, 2010, in Bell, California. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

Bell City Official Testifies In Corruption Case

The only Bell city councilman not charged with looting the working-class Los Angeles suburb has testified that he doesn’t recall taking part in any meetings of four committees for which the other council members collected tens of thousands of dollars.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–02/08/2011

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Lack Of Guidance Puts Bell’s Financial Future In Danger

A Bell Councilman is urging his colleagues to show up at meeting so that crucial decisions can be made about the city’s financial future.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–02/04/2011


Bell Mayor No-Show At City Council Meeting

The scandal-ridden city of Bell canceled a city council meeting Thursday night after two council members failed to appear, preventing the attendees from reaching quorum, according to the L.A. Times.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/27/2011


Riverside To Drop Auditors After Problems In Bell

Riverside is dropping its outside auditors after the firm failed to spot problems when looking at the finances of the scandal-ravaged city of Bell.


Bell residents were in an uproar when they found out that their city officials were earning as much as $800,000 annually and called for them to resign. (credit: CBS)

Another City Like Bell? Vernon City Salaries Raise Eyebrows

Fewer than 100 residents live in this small burg in the shadow of Los Angeles, surrounded by miles of gritty, occasionally smelly warehouses, meatpacking plants and manufacturing businesses. It is one of the least populated, most nondescript municipalities in the country — and one of the richest.

CBS2 / KCAL9–12/25/2010