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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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April 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
You're the mayor. A guy walks into City Hall and offers to spend half a billion bucks to revitalize property owned by the city, at no cost to the city. What do you say? If you're Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, you call it a taxpayer giveaway. This is not a knock at Tait. This is a tip of the cap toward a mayor who has been so incredibly successful in framing the debate surrounding the Angels' stadium lease negotiations that the process has ground to a dead halt. It has been six months since the Anaheim City Council voted to approve the framework of a deal designed to keep the Angels in town for the long term, and to determine how to cover the estimated $150 million needed to keep Angel Stadium up and running for the long term.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
April 23, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO - The state's new effort to map the areas most at risk from pollution features hot spots up and down California. But nowhere are there more of the worst-afflicted areas than in Fresno - in particular a 3,000-person tract of the city's west side where diesel exhaust, tainted water, pesticides and poverty conspire to make it No. 1 on California's toxic hit list. "I'm looking at this map, and all I see is red. We're right here," Daisy Perez, a social worker at the Cecil C. Hinton Community Center, said as she located the center of the red areas that represented the top 10% most-polluted census tracts in California.
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
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
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
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 that 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 offered only the vaguest of apologies, and no details.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Federal prosecutors have recommended that former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo go to prison for nearly three years when he is sentenced on tax fraud charges Monday, saying his conduct is "clearly more egregious than that of many other tax violators who do not hold public office and who do not steal public monies.” This begins a momentous week for Rizzo, with the big day being Wednesday, when he is scheduled to be sentenced on 69 felonies related...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The city administrator who ruled the city of Bell during an era of widespread corruption was sentenced Monday to 33 months behind bars for tax fraud, the first of two prison terms he is expected to be handed this week. On Wednesday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge is expected to add years more to Robert Rizzo's punishment for plundering the small town's treasury. When Rizzo pleaded no contest in October to 69 corruption-related charges, Judge Kathleen Kennedy said she would sentence Rizzo to 10 to 12 years in prison, a term he would be allowed to serve concurrently with his federal sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Kate Mather
The former second-in-command in the scandal-plagued city of Bell became the first person sentenced in the city's massive public corruption case Thursday, ordered to spend 11 years and eight months in prison for misappropriating public funds from one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities. Angela Spaccia, who has been jailed since she was convicted in December on 11 corruption-related charges, has consistently denied any wrongdoing, pinning the blame on the city's strong-willed chief executive and arguing that she wasn't even at City Hall when much of the wrongdoing took place.
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.
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
April 10, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Kate Mather
Prosecutors are asking a Superior Court judge to send the former second-in-command in scandal-plagued Bell to prison for 12 years and eight months. Angela Spaccia, who has been in jail since her conviction in December on corruption charges, is expected to be sentenced Thursday. Spaccia's request for a new trial was denied, as was another motion that her former boss - Robert Rizzo - be called to the witness stand. The attorney representing the former assistant city manager asked Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy to take into account a letter his client wrote to the court that said she regretted her actions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
On Monday northern Orange County cities were working on reopening roads and buildings that sustained damage from last week's 5.1 earthquake. Buildings in Brea didn't suffer any significant structural damage, said Anna Cave, emergency preparedness coordinator. Most of the calls the city received from residents were for walls or chimneys. Their biggest concern was Carbon Canyon Road, which remained closed Monday as a result of a rock slide on Friday, Cave said. The Brea road, used by an estimated 21,000 commuters a day, was expected to open at 4 a.m. Tuesday.
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