LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bell’s interim city manager has proposed stabilizing the scandal-wracked Los Angeles suburb’s shaky financial position with a balanced budget that eliminates several high-ranking administrative and police positions, makes other cuts and uses federal grant money to pay some police officers’ salaries.

The budget, which reduces projected city expenditures by more than $5.5 million, or almost a third of what they were before, is expected to be taken up by Bell’s City Council next week.

The modest, blue-collar suburb found itself as much as $4.5 million in debt as the result of a corruption scandal in which the city’s previous top officials were accused of looting the treasury to pay themselves huge salaries.

Eight former Bell officials are awaiting trial on dozens of felony fraud charges.

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Comments (3)
  1. Billy Bob says:

    Normally it is unfair and doesn’t make sense to punish somebody for the actions of their relative, but in this case they should freeze the assets of all of those officals’ immediate family members. Sell off all the houses and cars and pay back the city.

  2. Mer Fratboy says:

    SBX211 Retro Active Immunity given to California judges for openly taking bribes. Judges are employees of the state they receive their pay and benefits from the state. The Los Angeles Superior court judges are currently receiving an additional $57.688,00 from the county of Los Angeles. there is no bigger user of the court than L.A. County.(A party to the case and has a financial interest in most cases in the courts) Those payments were found to be unconstitutional / illegal in Sturgeon vs L.A. County. after that decision the judges paid a lobbyist to pass SBX211 ( RETRO ACTIVE IMMUNITY )

    SBX211 does not restore due process
    SBX211 violates Article 1 section 9
    SBX211 violates the 14th amendment (no equal protections)
    SBX211 violate checks and balances between legislative and Judicial powers
    Judges do not disclose the county payments at the onset of any trial where the county is either a party to the case or has a financial interest. (Judges violate Judicial codes of ethics)
    Judges refuse to recuse themselves when requested under CCP170
    Judges find themselves unbiased and then file an order striking statement.

    In the year of 2010 alone $57,688.00 per year per judge X 460 judges = $26,709.544.00 paid to judges from L.A. County from tax payer money to only have the judges rule against the tax payer in favor of L.A. County or the County’s interest. THE BRIBES WORK.
    HISTORY OF RETRO ACTIVE IMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES
    1. given for unconstitutional use of torture
    2. given for illegal merger of banks (we can see the effects of that now)
    3. given to telecom company for illegal wire taps. (Fisa bill that led to the patriot act)
    4. SBX211 given to Judges for taking bribes.

    SBX211 is evidence of conspiracy of the California legislative branch of government to cover up the multiple felony’s committed by the Judicial branch of government. By an act of Legislation, California’s judicial branch has admitted to be corrupt.

    SECTION FROM SBX211
    This bill would provide that no governmental entity, or officer or employee of a governmental entity, shall incur any liability or be subject to prosecution or disciplinary action because of benefits provided to a judge under the official action of a governmental entity prior to the effective date of this bill on the ground that those benefits were not authorized under law.

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