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Calif. council accepts resignations of 3 managers (Salaries near 800k per year !!)
Yahoo News ^

Posted on 07/23/2010 7:07:49 AM PDT by Scythian

BELL, Calif. – Three administrators whose huge salaries sparked outrage in this small blue-collar suburb of Los Angeles have agreed to resign, the City Council said Friday.

Council members emerged from an hours-long closed session at midnight Friday and announced that they'd accepted the resignations of Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia and Police Chief Randy Adams.

Rizzo was the highest paid at $787,637 a year — nearly twice the pay of President Barack Obama — for overseeing one of the poorest towns in Los Angeles County.

Spaccia makes $376,288 a year and Adams earns $457,000, 50 percent more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Rizzo would be entitled to a state pension of more than $650,000 a year for life, according to calculations made by the Times. That would make Rizzo, 56, the highest-paid retiree in the state pension system.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bell; cityofbell; donutwatch; salaries

1 posted on 07/23/2010 7:07:51 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

SOMEONE had to budget and approve this salary- FIRE THEM TOO


2 posted on 07/23/2010 7:09:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: Scythian

They have nothing to lose, now they just get a pension for that amount. Sick.


3 posted on 07/23/2010 7:09:27 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

I think the jobless should camp out on these folks front lawns and demand help ...


4 posted on 07/23/2010 7:10:20 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

Well, that’s what they’d have to pay me to live and work in Bell...


5 posted on 07/23/2010 7:12:07 AM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: Scythian

How did anyone not know how much they were making?

Most newspapers here in MA publish public employee payrolls yearly


6 posted on 07/23/2010 7:12:14 AM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Scythian

Bet yer ass there was an agreement to the effect no further actions would be taken against these creeps.


7 posted on 07/23/2010 7:12:15 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: Scythian

Bet yer ass there was an agreement to the effect no further actions would be taken against these creeps.


8 posted on 07/23/2010 7:12:25 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: GQuagmire
Most newspapers here in MA publish public employee payrolls yearly

If you're making nearly $800,000 per year, you can afford to spread a little hush money around the media.

9 posted on 07/23/2010 7:15:34 AM PDT by kevao
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To: shorty_harris

“Well, that’s what they’d have to pay me to live and work in Bell...”

Live there? No way. The CAO lives in Huntington Beach.


10 posted on 07/23/2010 7:17:12 AM PDT by Hawk720
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To: 101voodoo
They cut a deal. The city council called a referendum in 2005 to decide whether or not Bell would be a "charter city" under California law.

400 people in a town of 37,000 actually voted and the vote was in favor.

As a charter city, Bell is exempt from salary caps that apply to most jurisidictions in CA.

The contract that these three have is that if they are fired, the city has to buy out their contracts and that if they resign, they will be entitled to their pensions.

They resigned because the city did not have enough cash up front to fire them and spend millions to buy out their contracts.

Were I in charge, I would have fired them and then declared municipal bankruptcy and ignore their pensions.

11 posted on 07/23/2010 7:18:08 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Scythian

I saw this in the morning paper and I about gagged on my coffee when I saw how much they were paying these three people. The alarming part is that this is going on all over the Country, and is exactly why so many small towns are facing insolvency.

Our City is shutting down a fire station, deactivating the apparatus there and laying off the crews, and will be laying off 8-10 police officers by the end of the year, because the City has worked itself into a $10 Million budget hole and there is no other way out.

But of course we still have a City Manager who makes just under $180,000 base salary, and an Assistant City Manager who makes just under $170,000 base salary. Our City Council Critters are all taking home $20,000 a year too. Nothing we can do about any of it except complain, and you only get 3 minutes on Monday night after all other Council business is done, where they all sit like Easter Island statues, nod politely when you are done, and then move on...


12 posted on 07/23/2010 7:18:57 AM PDT by Bean Counter (don't forget the barbed wire...)
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To: Scythian

Same thing happening in the little town of Tonopah, NV. You get a closed group voting each other pay raises and this is what you get. Nye county (Tonopah) has the highest state retirements, higher than Washoe county (Reno) and Clark county (Las Vegas).


13 posted on 07/23/2010 7:19:08 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Scythian

How come their political affiliation doesn’t appear in the article? I am confused. These must be republicans, right?/sarcasm


14 posted on 07/23/2010 7:20:32 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: Hawk720

I have always wondered who owns those big houses on the golf course.


15 posted on 07/23/2010 7:20:43 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama can't be impeached. He is not leagally POTUS. Ya, I am one of those.)
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To: Scythian

Doesn’t look like he’s taking it well.

http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-hbi-0729-bell-20100729,0,2362437.story


16 posted on 07/23/2010 7:20:53 AM PDT by Mojave (Ignorant and stoned - Obama's natural constituency.)
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To: Scythian
the three terminations are phony CYA actions to cover a much deeper collusion with city government and maybe more.

What are the other salaries being paid, what is the line of authority which initiated and approved them, why were these public payments not public knowledge, etc.???

The entire government finances and operations need a thorough audit by out of town auditors with experience in uncovering corruption.

Any taxpayer monies going into the city treasury must be halted until the audit is completed, publicized and corrective actions in place.

17 posted on 07/23/2010 7:22:05 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Scythian

Bell was a dump in the 80s.


18 posted on 07/23/2010 7:22:21 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Mojave


Robert Rizzo - Looks like he spent his money on twinkies, by the way, this is his recent DUI party, with all that free money it's chicks and beer for everyone while the peasants starve ..
19 posted on 07/23/2010 7:23:09 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: wideawake

IMO, they should ALL be sued for misuse of tax $$$. Is it called malfeasance?


20 posted on 07/23/2010 7:30:09 AM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: Scythian

IMO this was a pension scam from the start. Sure the salary was outrageous, but they knew it could only last a few years before the excrement hit the fan. Now together they have millions to pay lawyers to protect their multi-million pension annuity. This is the tip of the public pension iceberg and needs to be the trigger to get real pension reform. I think a RICO prosecution is in order.


21 posted on 07/23/2010 7:36:45 AM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: Scythian

Pensions should be approved on a year-by-year basis.


22 posted on 07/23/2010 7:36:51 AM PDT by Tax Government (We ask nothing except that our elected representatives uphold the Constitution.)
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To: Scythian

Looks like he spent his money on twinkies


LOL,
Also looks like he won’t live to collect retirement.


23 posted on 07/23/2010 7:39:55 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey (here's my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit carThe bigger the government = The smaller the people)
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To: Scythian

The political class has learned how to raid treasuries across the country — and the sheeple sit on their asses and do nothing.


24 posted on 07/23/2010 7:42:19 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Paine)
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To: Tax Government
Pensions should be approved on a year-by-year basis.

Pensions are all but gone in the private sector, it's time to bring the public sector into the 21st century.

25 posted on 07/23/2010 7:45:54 AM PDT by rivercat
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To: Scythian

How many Calif. administrators that have bloated salaries and pensions statewide? Getting rid of the salaries and pensions ALONE would like balance the state budget.


26 posted on 07/23/2010 7:46:05 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: Scythian

Swell. So NOW they’ll get a ton of money and not even have to pretend to do any WORK!!!! What a victory for taxpayers!!


27 posted on 07/23/2010 7:48:25 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Tulane

Curious as to ethnicity, Amish maybe? Betting not.


28 posted on 07/23/2010 7:50:11 AM PDT by dusttoyou (Remember come November)
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To: shorty_harris
"Rizzo would be entitled to a state pension of more than $650,000 a year for life, according to calculations made by the Times."
I don't think he's likely to stay in Bell much longer ... unbelievable! ;-)
29 posted on 07/23/2010 7:53:20 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Bean Counter
But of course we still have a City Manager who makes just under $180,000 base salary, and an Assistant City Manager who makes just under $170,000 base salary. Our City Council Critters are all taking home $20,000 a year too. Nothing we can do about any of it except complain, and you only get 3 minutes on Monday night after all other Council business is done, where they all sit like Easter Island statues, nod politely when you are done, and then move on...

Wow, are you in Tucson???? That sounds almost identical!!!!

30 posted on 07/23/2010 7:59:41 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Scythian
Rizzo would be entitled to a state pension of more than $650,000 a year for life,

So a lot depends on how long this Government thief lives....

31 posted on 07/23/2010 8:00:47 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: 101voodoo
Why are they creeps? Rizzo started in the 1980’s with a guarantee of 12% EVERY YEAR raise. The creeps are the ones who let it go on. I would JUMP at any job with and automatic 12% raise.
32 posted on 07/23/2010 8:03:48 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: Scythian

I’m going to guess that all the city council members are democrats.


33 posted on 07/23/2010 8:11:30 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Politicians exist to break windows so they may spend other people's money to fix them.)
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To: dusttoyou
Curious as to ethnicity, Amish maybe? Betting not.

The city web page is available in Spanish, but good luck finding the names and party affiliations of the city council.

34 posted on 07/23/2010 8:13:21 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Politicians exist to break windows so they may spend other people's money to fix them.)
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To: Lurker

Someone needs to invite him to lunch at Carl’s Jr, after a couple of Double Western Bacon Cheeseburgers, 2 orders of Large Fries, and a couple of large Chocolate Shakes. You will be well on your way to saving alot of state pension funds.


35 posted on 07/23/2010 8:34:19 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Mojave

Mojave, I need to check my calendar, but THAT story you linked is datelined July 29, 2010. Back to the Future?


36 posted on 07/23/2010 9:21:33 AM PDT by A Mississippian (Proud 7th generaion Mississippian)
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To: mad_as_he$$

You’re right. I’d have taken the job also.

There has never been a better example of the statement, “People get the government they deserve”

Geez, they are SUCH morons!!


37 posted on 07/23/2010 9:38:11 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: Mojave

Not that I doubt the story but the date for the article is July 29, 2010. Did you find some type of advance copy?


38 posted on 07/23/2010 9:48:04 AM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: ScoopAmma

I dunno.


39 posted on 07/23/2010 9:50:40 AM PDT by Mojave (Ignorant and stoned - Obama's natural constituency.)
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To: 101voodoo

;-)


40 posted on 07/23/2010 9:54:47 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: Scythian
Time for clawbacks.

Cheers!

41 posted on 07/23/2010 10:06:47 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: dusttoyou

Rizzo is obviously an Italian name, so is Spaccia. That’s two out of the three named at top.


42 posted on 07/23/2010 11:23:17 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (with love, from me, to you)
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To: GQuagmire
How did anyone not know how much they were making?

I am wondering the same thing. Why the sudden excitement? I live in SoCal and this story is at the top of the news, morning-noon-and-night. They even showed the citizens of Bell, so poor they line up for blocks for free food. How and why was the total corruption of city government suddenly revealed?

43 posted on 07/23/2010 11:27:20 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (with love, from me, to you)
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To: La Enchiladita

LaCosanostra?! Bell being between Compton and East LA, maybe it took Mafia enforcers to “mamage” the city-folks.


44 posted on 07/23/2010 12:48:58 PM PDT by dusttoyou (Remember come November)
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To: dusttoyou

Most, if not all, Bell city council members have hispanic names. They are also in on the gravy train. I mean, 6-figure salaries in a town of approx. 30K inhabitants?!!

But the larger context is that this nation’s government was founded on and by volunteers. The original members of Congress legislated part-time and gratis while following their given profession full-time.

We have gone WAY off course.


45 posted on 07/23/2010 12:59:40 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (with love, from me, to you)
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To: Scythian

If most of the residents are poorer working class then who is paying the taxes. The local businesses must have something to gain because they have the money and ability to make fuss a let the voters know. There must be more to this story.


46 posted on 07/23/2010 4:20:35 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Isn't enough always enough?)
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To: Scythian

“Rizzo would be entitled to a state pension of more than $650,000 a year for life”

Damn, life is hard.


47 posted on 07/23/2010 4:22:10 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Mr. K

They put it on the ballot and the IGNORNANT public voted for it. This is not a solitary type item. The left has been doing this for years.

Maybe we better wise up.


48 posted on 07/24/2010 9:11:57 PM PDT by CyberAnt (America: "The Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth")
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To: wideawake
"They cut a deal. The city council called a referendum in 2005 to decide whether or not Bell would be a "charter city" under California law. 400 people in a town of 37,000 actually voted and the vote was in favor. "

THIS IS WHY IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO VOTE IN PRIMARIES PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS COMMON! LESS THAN 10% of the eligible voters vote in primaries- so YOUR VOTE IS WORTH 10 TIMES AS MUCH!!!

SOME OF THESE CANDIDATES WIN JUST BECAUSE ALL THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES GO OUT AND VOTE

49 posted on 07/26/2010 7:53:30 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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