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September 4, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
City officials announced Thursday they have selected an interim city manager who will run the city until a permanent manager is found. William F. Cornett Jr. is set to take the post later this month, when outgoing City Manager Ron Thompson retires. Cornett's career in city government spans 37 years. He served as city manager of Riverside and Fullerton and was interim city manager of Twentynine Palms and Rancho Palos Verdes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Kate Mather
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge lashed out at a former Bell leader Thursday, sentencing her to more than 11 years in prison and branding her a "hog" for tapping the town treasury for her lavish salary while the working-class city slid toward insolvency. Angela Spaccia became the first person sentenced in the municipal corruption case, and the lengthy prison term was the first indicator of how Judge Kathleen Kennedy intends to punish those convicted of misappropriating more than $10 million from one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities.
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October 21, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey was arrested Friday on suspicion of misappropriating public money and other acts, the San Bernardino County district attorney's office announced. Quincey, 52, was taken into custody without incident by district attorney's investigators and taken to the West Valley Detention Center, where he was booked. He was also charged with a conflict of interest over a contract while a city official and with perjury, prosecutors said. The perjury charge stems from a case involving Upland Police Sgt. John Moore, who alleged that Quincey passed him over for a promotion because he had investigated a domestic dispute involving Quincey and his ex-fiancee in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Sitting in a spare office on the sixth floor of City Hall, a sweeping view of San Bernardino behind him, the incoming mayor paused a conversation and picked up a ringing phone. It was somebody wanting to know what time the office closed. "I don't think I was supposed to answer that," he said, cracking a smile. Carey Davis didn't hide the fact that he doesn't yet know his way around City Hall. If anything, the 61-year-old accountant sees his status as a political newcomer as an advantage as he takes the helm of a deeply troubled city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2010 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The Compton City Council voted early Wednesday to fire its top administrator, the second time the panel has terminated its city manager in three years. The firing comes at a time when the mayor is under fire from some residents for missing council meetings. After a closed-door meeting that ended about 1:30 a.m., the council voted unanimously to fire Charles Evans. City Controller Willie Norfleet was appointed to take his place. Evans and Norfleet could not be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The city of Santa Ana has hired away Phoenix's city manager and has agreed to a salary and benefits package of more than $500,000, making him one of the highest paid city employees in California. David Cavazos is a long-time Phoenix city employee who rose through the ranks from intern to city manager over 26 years. In Santa Ana, he will earn a base salary of $315,000, the same base amount he made as manager in Phoenix, which has a population of 1.47 million. Santa Ana has a population of about 330,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Anaheim's city manager said that he will resign from his position in Orange County's largest city, an announcement that comes just days after the police chief announced his retirement. Bob Wingenroth will leave his post June 7, opting to return to Arizona -- where he'd lived and worked for many years -- and spend more time with his family, according to a statement released by the city Tuesday. "Life has revealed the beauty and support of our family and extended family in Arizona, and their need for us and our need for them," Wingenroth said in the statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1989
We suburbanites have tremendous interest but little say on how things go with our Los Angeles city government. We suggest it may be time to at least consider a city manager form ofgovernment. We have an able but extremely large and provincially-concerned council. We havea most commanding and personable mayor who makes an impressive greeter and head of state. We very much need a 100%-honest and dedicated city manager to efficiently act in the best interest of our entire population , leaving our mayor free for good-will trips and public, ceremonial functions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Hector Becerra
The city manager of Bell called unfair a state report critical of the town's progress after a massive corruption scandal. State Controller John Chiang issued his final audit on Bell on Wednesday morning, nearly three years after the scandal uncovered overpaid city leaders, overtaxed residents and other financial mismanagement. “Bell's new leadership deserves credit for changing the culture of city hall by emphasizing transparency and inviting more citizen participation in its decision-making,” said Chiang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The incoming Burbank city manager is slated to become the highest paid public official in the tri-city region, with a nearly $300,000 salary that had been marketed early on in an effort to recruit "top talent. " With a starting salary of $24,166 a month plus a monthly $1,800 relocation allowance for up to 18 months, Mark Scott will make more than the city managers of Glendale and Pasadena and the mayor of Los Angeles. Not including the relocation allowance, Scott will earn $290,000 annually, according to the contract brokered with the city . Before Scott was hired, the base salary range for the Burbank city manager was $13,994 to $18,402 a month, or $167,928 to $220,824 annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor  coming from the factory. The public hearing is the latest move  in the city's effort to force sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to address the smell. In November, the city sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court, winning a temporary, partial shutdown. A judge still must determine whether to issue a permanent injunction.  Sriracha officials are questioning whether the plant emits a harmful smell and have opened their doors for public tours of the plant as a way to counter the odor allegations.  PHOTOS: Sriracha factory About 50 people are expected to protest outside Irwindale City Hall during the hearing, Huy Fong officials say. Huy Fong officials say that holding the hearing is premature and punitive, but they will fix problems if they are found  “It seems like they just don't have the patience and they're not inclined to wait,” said John Tate, an attorney for Huy Fong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday stepped up his effort to overhaul the leadership of the city's much-criticized municipal utility and curb the influence of its powerful employees' union by nominating a new agency boss and dismissing a top-ranking executive. Garcetti nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to take charge of the Department of Water and Power, which has been struggling to manage a series of controversies over spending and customer service. Edwards, who ran Anaheim's utility and previously worked at the DWP for more than two decades, was picked because she has the experience to run one of the nation's largest municipal utilities like a business and the toughness to "take on the status quo at the DWP," Garcetti said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Bell's former second-in-command is an unrepentant thief who stole from the working-class citizens in the small Los Angeles County city and then lied on the witness stand in an effort to blame others, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memo that urges the court to punish her with a 12-year, eight-month prison sentence. If that recommendation is followed when Angela Spaccia is sentenced later this month, she would draw a longer prison term than is expected to be handed to Robert Rizzo, her former boss and the longtime face of the corruption in Bell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Conrad's "Chain Reaction" sculpture in Santa Monica, the subject of a grass-roots preservation campaign, might well survive to remind future generations of the horrors of nuclear war. Now that activists have raised funds to pay for some of the needed upgrades, the city manager said he plans to recommend that the city cover the remaining costs. A City Council vote is scheduled for Feb. 25. Conrad, a three-time Pulitzer winner who died at 86 in 2010, was paid $250,000 by a private donor to sculpt the work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
As Robert Rizzo's salary as Bell's city manager crept ever higher, eventually hitting an unheard-of $1.18 million a year, he still wasn't satisfied. So from 2005 through 2010, the year he was ousted from his job after his salary was revealed, Rizzo claimed more than $770,000 in phantom losses on his tax returns, further inflating his take-home pay. Rizzo, who is already facing 10 to 12 years in prison for his role in the corruption scandal, agreed Thursday to plead guilty to conspiracy to file false tax returns and to cooperate with federal authorities.
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November 21, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Darwin Payne, 76, of Dallas, was among the crowd of reporters dispatched to cover the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Now a professor emeritus of communications at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Payne discussed his memories of that day with the Los Angeles Times. He recounted the tense atmosphere surrounding Kennedy's visit, seeing Lee Harvey Oswald and interviewing Abraham Zapruder, who with his home movie camera captured the fatal shot. What did you think of Kennedy before he came to Dallas?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. In selecting Rick Cole as his deputy mayor for budget and innovation, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is getting an outspoken proponent of high-density building along transit corridors and one who, as a city manager, demanded accountability from department heads. Cole, 60, was Ventura's city manager for eight years before abruptly stepping down last year. He was city manager of Azusa before that and is a former mayor of Pasadena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2012 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
The former city manager of Cudahy, who worked his way from janitor to the top of the municipal ladder, appears to have improperly given himself annual cost-of-living raises meant for rank-and-file workers, according to city records. George Perez, who was fired in 2011 after 11 years on the job, had a contract that guaranteed an 8% annual raise. He also received 12 weeks of vacation each year and sick time that he could cash in. But city records show that for many years, he also took an additional cost-of-living increase of 2% to 3.5%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Officials in Desert Hot Springs have declared a fiscal emergency in an attempt to avert a second bankruptcy as the Palm Springs-area city approaches insolvency. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the emergency declaration, with revenues  expected to fall short of covering the city's expenses by a significant margin. A report prepared by Desert Hot Springs' interim city manager, Robert Adams, said that the city suffers from a "serious structural imbalance" brought about by the economic downturn and decreased development, among other factors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Despite not working for about 18 months to take care of her ailing grandfather and son, Bell's former assistant city manager was never docked a single vacation or sick day and continued to draw her full salary and benefits. At the same time, Angela Spaccia testified that she continued to build up vacation and sick leave, which she then cashed out to repay loans she had taken from the city. In all, Spaccia received about $350,000 in loans that prosecutors contend were illegal. Spaccia, second-in-command in Bell when the city exploded in scandal in summer 2010, is fighting 13 corruption-related charges.
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