April 19, 2014
Re "Rizzo is sentenced to 12 years in prison," April 17 Now that another chapter in the saga of the city of Bell corruption scandal has been closed, let's thank the Founding Fathers for the constitutional amendment that guarantees freedom of the press. We see, in countless media investigations of wrongdoing by officials such as former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo, a shining beacon of hope for freedom, fair play and democracy. Without the media - more precisely, newspapers in America - we would be like a small ant being stepped on by a Herculean giant of institutional self-interest.
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November 5, 2013 |
He walked into the courtroom Tuesday, dressed in a dark blue suit, and sat in the front row. Everyone was certain this would be another perfunctory appearance by former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams, who in one brief appearance on the witness stand had invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination 20 times. But when Adams stood up and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy asked what he planned to do, the former lawman surprised everyone in the courtroom.
March 20, 2013 |
On the 18th day of deliberation, the jurors in the Bell corruption trial said today they have reached a verdict in the case against six former council members accused of misappropriating public funds. More soon.
July 24, 2010
Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo has announced his resignation from his $787,637 a year job, as have police Chief Randy Adams ($457,000) and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia ($376,288), and we wish all three a not-so-fond farewell. Even if they performed their work brilliantly, and even if they believed in their hearts that no one earning less could properly serve their problem-wracked city, their pay was shocking, and so utterly out of step with their counterparts in neighboring municipalities and their own struggling residents as to be inherently exploitive.
March 14, 2014 |
We know his crimes - boosting his compensation to $1.5 million a year for managing the small working class city of Bell, and allowing the City Council and fellow administrators to similarly fleece taxpayers. We know his likely punishment - he pleaded no contest to 69 felony corruption charges last year and faces 10 to 12 years in prison, plus several million dollars in restitution. Yet, we still don't know why Robert Rizzo chose to rip off the city he was hired to manage. At least, not from his own mouth.
August 9, 2013 |
Kettle bell exercises are a great multi-tasker, packing cardio and strength training in one fluid, low-impact session. The kettle bell snatch is a natural progression for those who have mastered the basic kettle bell swing. The move is demonstrated here by David Schenk, co-founder of Cross Train LA in Hollywood. What it does The swing-and-press movement works your back, glutes, hamstrings, triceps and shoulders. What to do From a standing position with feet more than shoulder-width apart, grab the kettle bell and swing it between your legs, keeping your spine in a neutral (not arched)