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March 22, 2013
Re "Five guilty in Bell," March 21 The jury in the first city of Bell corruption trial has found five of the six defendants, all former council members, guilty on numerous charges and is undecided on other counts. Throughout the trial, the defendants denied their guilt, blaming their actions on the influence of former City Manager Robert Rizzo. They may have a point, but it is no excuse for not governing responsibly. Their defense is an admission of unfitness for holding office in the first place.
September 2, 2010
T he people of Bell can hardly be blamed for wanting to throw the bums out. By bums, of course, they mean the city leaders who have enriched themselves at the taxpayers' expense. At first, the nearly $800,000 salary of former City Manager Robert Rizzo was as puzzling as it was outrageous. Perhaps there was an explanation? Maybe the veteran public employee was pulling off some sort of magic — such as maintaining extraordinary fiscal soundness for the city in the midst of bad times — that could have made him worth such a sum?
August 18, 2010
Here are some of the loans made by the city of Bell to employees and elected officials: Former City Manager Robert Rizzo: $160,000 Former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia: $230,000 Administrative Services Manager Lourdes Garcia: $100,000 Councilman Oscar Hernandez: $20,000 Councilman Luis Artiga: $20,000 Former Councilman George Bass: $20,000 Source: City of Bell ...
November 6, 2010
Here is a recap of investigations into public finances in Bell: L.A. County district attorney's office: Prosecutors charged eight current and former Bell officials with public corruption; the office is now investigating fees charged to businesses. U.S. Justice Department: It is investigating possible civil rights violations by the city. California attorney general's office: It filed civil lawsuits against Bell officials and is seeking oversight of Bell affairs.
December 14, 2009
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August 3, 2010 | By Ruben Vives and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Despite vowing greater transparency in the wake of a salary scandal, the city of Bell is refusing to turn over public records to The Times, community activists and even a sitting councilman. "They continue to keep us in the dark," said Councilman Lorenzo Velez, who has been critical of the high salaries paid to top Bell administrators and other City Council members . "The problem is a continuation of so many years of doing whatever they wanted in City Hall." The Times and others have requested records involving elections, budgets, city financing and salaries that typically are available for viewing at city halls — and in some cases can be found online.
October 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
If you ever watched "Saved by the Bell" on NBC in the early '90s, chances are you remember the famous scene where Elizabeth Berkley's character Jessie Spano totally freaks out on caffeine pills. It may have traumatized you as a teen, but if you happen across a rerun of the overly dramatic, soap-tastic moment these days, it will likely make you laugh. Which is exactly why Berkley's re-enactment of the famed scene on "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday night had viewers howling with joy. "I need them.
March 30, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis. Baylor is in the women's Final Four and will play Stanford on Sunday. Mulkey told the Boston Globe that before practice Wednesday, she noticed only the left side of her mouth was working when she smiled, her right eye was drooping and she couldn't hear properly out of her right ear. "When I smile it's crooked and when I talk, and talk loud, the hollowness in my hearing is weird," Mulkey told the Associated Press.
October 31, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
The stock market reopened, apparently without a hitch, after Hurricane Sandy forced a two-day shutdown of Wall Street. Major U.S. indexes had a mixed opening on what exchange officials said could be a cautious trading day, perhaps marked by early volatility. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 63 points, or 0.5%, to 13,170 shortly after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 5 points, or 0.4%, to 1,417. The Nasdaq was down 6 points, or 0.2%, to 2,981.
April 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Corina Knoll and Christopher Goffard
Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a judge for mercy. The former Bell administrator was pale and baggy-eyed, and his thinning hair had turned gray. For many, there was hope he would finally reveal how he engineered a brazen scheme to boost the salaries of top officials that left the working-class city tumbling toward bankruptcy. But in a small, halting, scratchy voice, Rizzo, 60, offered only the vaguest of apologies, and no details.
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