Salary Scandal

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A Year Later, How Does City Of Bell Fare?

The city of Bell is still having a tough time getting back on track almost a year after the salary scandal involving Robert Rizzo and seven others erupted.


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Report: Rizzo Set Up Secret $4.5M Retirement Fund

A former public official accused of orchestrating a scam that nearly bankrupt the Southern California city of Bell set up a secret retirement fund containing $4.5 million.


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Bell Welcomes New City Council

The Los Angeles working-class suburb of Bell has sworn in a brand-new City Council.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/07/2011

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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

Residents Rally After Arrest Of Bell, California Officials

Unity That Aided Bell Recall Frays Amid Rivalries

Nine months ago, residents of this hardscrabble suburb on the edge of Los Angeles were united with one common battle cry: “Throw the bums out!”


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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


Bell Doesn’t Have To Pay Mayor’s Attorney’s Fees To Defend Fraud Charges

A judge ruled Monday that the city of Bell does not have to pay Mayor Oscar Hernandez an interim award of attorneys’ fees as he defends himself against fraud charges.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–01/24/2011


City Of Bell On Course For Debt Of $2.2 Million

The fiscal woes brought on by scandals and sky-high salaries are continuing in Bell as a new audit says the Los Angeles-area city may soon have trouble even providing basic services for its residents.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/06/2011

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)

Report: City Of Bell On Brink Of Insolvency

A report reveals the scandal-ravaged city of Bell is teetering on the brink of insolvency and drastic cuts in city services likely will be necessary to repair its finances.

CBS2 / KCAL9–12/17/2010


Auditor Who Missed Bell Scandals To Undergo Review

An auditing firm will undergo a review over its failure to flag fraud and mismanagement in the Southern California city of Bell.


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Judge Rejects Monitor For Scandal-Plagued Bell

A judge has rejected a request by the state attorney general’s office for the appointment of a monitor to control finances in scandal-plagued Bell.


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Audit: Bell Illegally Spent $710,000 On Companies

A state audit says the ex-city manager of a scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb illegally handed at least $710,000 in government money to companies without contracts or City Council approval.


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Hostile Crowd Greets Returning Bell Mayor, Vice Mayor

Police had to clear the first Bell City Council meeting attended by Mayor Oscar Hernandez and Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo since they were arrested in the city’s salary scandal.


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Rizzo Loses License To Race Horses

Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo has lost another job – he’s no longer licensed to race horses. Rizzo’s horse-racing owner’s license was suspended Sunday by the Hollywood Park board of Stewards.


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8 Plead Not Guilty To Looting Bell City Funds

Eight current and former officials have pleaded not guilty to looting millions of dollars from California’s modest blue-collar city of Bell.