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Lawsuit against Bell California suggests voter fraud in 2009 election
LA Times ^ | 07/27/2010 | LA Times

Posted on 07/27/2010 4:36:21 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour

A lawsuit filed Monday by a former Bell police officer makes a variety of serious allegations about city officials and suggests voter fraud in a 2009 election.

According to the lawsuit, filed by James Corcoran, off-duty police officers in Bell distributed absentee ballots in a 2009 municipal election and told would-be voters which candidates to support.

The former police sergeant alleges in the suit that he was forced out of his job of 25 years in retaliation for informing state and federal authorities about the officers’ actions and reporting alleged misconduct involving City Administrator Robert Rizzo and other city officials.

Attorneys for the city did not return calls or respond to e-mails seeking comment.

Corcoran alleged that in 2009 he reported to the California secretary of State and the FBI “that off-duty police officers were taking absentee ballots and providing them to voters to fill out” and that officers were instructing individuals how to vote.

He also asserted that ballots were filled out for people who were dead.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: bell; california; captainobvious; loophole; nearfetched; salaries; votefraud

1 posted on 07/27/2010 4:36:26 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Ballots for DEAD people?


2 posted on 07/27/2010 4:45:46 PM PDT by taxtruth (Something really stinks In The Federal Government/Mafia and I think it's BO!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

and the hits just keep on coming!


3 posted on 07/27/2010 4:45:46 PM PDT by rj45mis
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

People must go to prison for this abuse of power.


4 posted on 07/27/2010 4:47:04 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Carley
People must go to prison for this abuse of power.

LOL...

You would think so, but this involves the two most protected class of people in the US. Cops and Politicians, neither can do no wrong and when they are accused of criminal wrongdoing its always someone else's fault and they get off with a pat on the wrist, a promotion or a fat .gov funded retirement pension...

5 posted on 07/27/2010 4:53:52 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

No party affiliation through the whole article. Democrats?


6 posted on 07/27/2010 4:58:43 PM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: stevio

That’s usually a very safe assumption.


7 posted on 07/27/2010 5:00:13 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Carley
People must go to prison for this abuse of power.

I'm a somewhat casual observer of politics, mostly just reading Free Republic for the past 12 yrs.

I've noticed a sea change in American politicians since then. I've noticed that politicians (and business "leaders" to an extent) don't seem to even try to hide their corruption any more.

This little town in CA had an entire town government absolutely rife with bald-faced, in your face corruption. Paying the mayor a salary of $800K , the police chief $400K, just to name two, as if nobody would have a problem with it.

The arrogance and shamelessness of these people is at a level of being sociopathic. It's really breathtaking.

I've been to several foreign countries where corruption isn't corrupt, it's standard business practice. It seems that the USA is heading in that direction.

8 posted on 07/27/2010 5:01:59 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Swordmaker; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; ..
A lawsuit filed Monday by a former Bell police officer makes a variety of serious allegations about city officials and suggests voter fraud in a 2009 election... filed by James Corcoran, off-duty police officers in Bell distributed absentee ballots in a 2009 municipal election and told would-be voters which candidates to support. The former police sergeant alleges in the suit that he was forced out of his job of 25 years in retaliation for informing state and federal authorities about the officers' actions and reporting alleged misconduct involving City Administrator Robert Rizzo and other city officials... Corcoran alleged that in 2009 he reported to the California secretary of State and the FBI "that off-duty police officers were taking absentee ballots and providing them to voters to fill out" and that officers were instructing individuals how to vote. He also asserted that ballots were filled out for people who were dead.

9 posted on 07/27/2010 5:54:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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This is just now coming out?
The turd pile is getting pretty darn high.

November is going to be anything but dull.

I’m already stressed out and so far I’ve not been affected
by this administration, but I know it;s coming.


10 posted on 07/27/2010 5:56:25 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

The AG, Jerry Brown, has issued subpoenas.

This is something he must handle properly or he’s toast.


11 posted on 07/27/2010 6:03:08 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: stevio; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; LucyT; Impy; InterceptPoint; theothercheek; Arizona Carolyn; ...
No party affiliation through the whole article. Democrats?

I'd bet they are. Clues: (1) The LA Times doesn't identify anyone by party. (2) The city is 90% Hispanic. (3) The median family income is well below the national average. (4) They are allegedly engaged in massive voting fraud.

12 posted on 07/27/2010 8:10:02 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

A early story said they had a 15 million dollar surplus. Were they selling drugs out of city hall with the police dept as runners?


13 posted on 07/27/2010 8:39:18 PM PDT by tubebender (Life is short so drink the good wine first...)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

It was a sanctuary city........ how many even speak or read English?


14 posted on 07/28/2010 12:38:44 AM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn; SunkenCiv; justiceseeker93; Arthur Wildfire! March; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; ...

This is the town where town officials are making exorbitant salaries. The city manager was making more than Obama. The police chief more than the Chief of the LAPD.


15 posted on 07/28/2010 5:30:35 PM PDT by Impy (DROP. OUT. MARK. KIRK.)
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To: justiceseeker93

/bingo


16 posted on 07/28/2010 7:50:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: stevio; The Magical Mischief Tour

The city of Bell has been under a lot of fire lately. It is a relatively poor city - or at least most of the residents are poorer and working class people - and the city manager and councilmembers have been raking in big pay. The city manager makes over $800,000 a year, and his deputy makes more than the President. Council members make big bucks for the job they have (but probably not all that much compared to big city council members, except Bell is a very small city).

I don’t think this had anything to do with dem or rep, but it had to do with protecting their little fiefdom, their honeypots and their golden parachutes.

Some of these little cities (inside Los Angeles county, but incorporated separately) exist to serve the interests of a few. Bell Gardens, Bell, BellFlower, Hawaiian Gardens... I am not saying they are all 100% bad, and these cities incorporated to get away from Los Angeles’ corruption (or to start their own, e.g. Bell Gardens exists almost exclusively because it has a casino owner who wants it to exist and the casino provides a lot of cash to the tiny land area, provides jobs to city residents, and pays local taxes that keep the streets clean and pretty despite the lower middle class make-up of the residents).

This setup may be no different than other parts of the country, though. I had considered moving to one of these cities in the hopes of obtaining a CCW, which I cannot get as a Los Angeles resident.

Bell in particular is also dealing with a wrongful death suit involving officer shooting, I believe they are paying $7 million to settle the case.


17 posted on 07/29/2010 1:05:53 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: Impy

Whad-ya know? [$300,000 if I recall.]


18 posted on 07/29/2010 3:49:42 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Want stimulus? Look to Harding, JFK, and Reagan. Tax cuts work. FAnnie/FReddie hurt.)
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To: tubebender
I saw that story and wondered how in the world that could be the case. Luckily, the stupid reporter didn't even consider how absurd that claim was on its face.

Corruption is systematic for the Dems. The question is whether they will go quietly this fall. I doubt it, and I fully expect massive election fraud in November. At that point, what happens?

19 posted on 08/04/2010 9:06:18 PM PDT by Carling (Remember November)
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BLOGGER There is a pattern with Bell's seedy Mayor Oscar Hernandez (place of birth?). Narcotics investigators discovered a methamphetamine “super lab” at a rental unit owned by Mayor Hernandez in 2009; two men were arrested and two children taken into protective custody. Investigators raided one of three homes on a rental property Mayor Hernandez owns, his son lives in one of the other two units on June 6, 2009. Mayor Hernandez told the LA TIMES, “These things happen around the town, including in Glendale, LA and West Hollywood."

Hernandez was part of a multi-jurisdictional methamphetamine enforcement team investigation that uncovered the makings of what L/E call a “super lab” capable of making as much as 20 pounds of meth at a time, Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the LA Sheriff’s Dept told media in 2009 (did not say if Mexican drug cartels were involved). LA County’s haz-mat units carted off barrels of chemicals associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine......Hernandez went on record as stating that..."Nobody smelled nothing. I never got any complaints, and it’s a small community and the houses are close to each other.”

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Defiant Bell mayor defends city manager's high salary, hours after official resigns
July 23, 2010, LA Times, Ruben Vives at Bell City Hall

Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez listens as the resignations of the police chief, city manager and assistant city manager are announced after the City Council met behind closed doors for nearly six hours. PIC by Gina Ferazzi / LA Times

A defiant Bell City Council defended the hefty compensation awarded to City Manager Robert Rizzo and two other officials just hours after the three agreed to resign amid a public outcry.

In the city's first formal statement on the salary issue, Bell released a letter from Mayor Oscar Hernandez in which he praised Rizzo's service to the city and said his nearly $800,000 annual salary was justified. "Unlike the skewed view of the facts, the Los Angeles Times presented to advance the paper's own agenda, a look at the big picture of city compensation shows that salaries of the City Manager and other top city staff have been in line with similar positions over the period of their tenure," Hernandez said in the letter.

Hernandez did address the outrage generated after The Times revealed the salaries last week, adding: "We recognize that today's economic climate and the financial hardships so many families are suffering put our past compensation decisions in a new light. To the residents of Bell, we apologize."

As part of the resignations, Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia will not receive severance packages. Rizzo will step down at the end of August and Spaccia will leave at the end of September. Adams also will leave at the end of August after completing an evaluation of the Police Department. Rizzo earns nearly $800,000 a year, believed to make him the highest-paid city manager in California and possibly the nation. Adams makes $457,000 — 50% more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck — and Spaccia makes $376,288, more than the top administrator for Los Angeles County.

The crowd yelled out questions about what would happen to the council members. Four of the five are paid close to $100,000 annually.

The emergency meeting followed several days of negotiations between the officials and attorneys to reach deals. The crowd began shouting when Councilman Lorenzo Velez's request to open the meeting to the public was overruled by the city attorney, who said the city would be at legal risk if it discussed personnel matters in public.

SOURCE http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/07/defiant-bell-mayor-defends-city-managers-high-salary-hours-after-official-resigns.html

20 posted on 08/05/2010 4:07:16 AM PDT by Liz
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To: AuntB; Tennessee Nana; bwc2221; pissant; Grampa Dave; stephenjohnbanker; mkjessup; ...

ping


21 posted on 08/05/2010 4:08:09 AM PDT by Liz
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
I bet this little town has more speed traps and cops running around fining people for petty crimes than you could imagine.

How else could they pay such high salaries?

CORRUPTION MAYBE?

22 posted on 08/05/2010 6:29:07 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: unixfox

Corrupt Democrats? I’m shocked—shocked!


23 posted on 08/05/2010 6:32:47 AM PDT by American Quilter (The urge to save humanity is nearly always a cover for the urge to rule. - H.L. Mencken)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Hopefully this will allow the recision of all of the outrageous salaries paid and pensions defined.


24 posted on 08/05/2010 6:38:15 AM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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People always ask why Mexico is poor while America is so rich, and the explanation from Leftists is always indecipherable nonsense about “neocolonialism” that explains nothing at all.

Well, here is a genuine teachable moment; Bell, California explains exactly why Mexico is poor. Bell is a tiny little microcosm of the Mexican political system.


25 posted on 08/05/2010 6:47:15 AM PDT by denydenydeny (You're not only wrong. You're wrong at the top of your voice. --Spencer Tracy, Bad Day at Black Rock)
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To: Liz

Bell is about 80% illegal immigrants. There are other towns in California with a similar percentage.


26 posted on 08/05/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (.)
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I’ve been listening to kfi 640 on this and it is astounding! It’s like third-world politicians were running the city! just robbing the coffers in plain sight!


27 posted on 08/05/2010 8:01:57 AM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
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To: stevio

The mayor is a Dem:

http://www.democraticmayors.org/election

Halfway down the page...


28 posted on 08/05/2010 8:07:55 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Patriotism: looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. ~ Calvin Coolidge)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

“November is going to be anything but dull.”

One hopes that Progressive Democrats will behave themselves if results don’t go their way. (But, that’s doubtful.)

IMHO


29 posted on 08/05/2010 9:10:36 AM PDT by ripley
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http://www.bestplaces.net/city/Bell-California.aspx

City Overview
As of 2010, Bell’s population is 37,580 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2.47 percent.

The median home cost in Bell is $303,240. Home appreciation the last year has been -7.80 percent.

Compared to the rest of the country, Bell’s cost of living is 25.80% Higher than the U.S. average.

Bell public schools spend $4,809 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678. There are about 22.6 students per teacher in Bell.

The unemployment rate in Bell is 16.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 10.20%). Recent job growth is Negative. Bell jobs have Decreased by 6.23 percent.


Bell General SperlingViews
housing overgrown: Once a nice quiet community this town boasts mostly illegals. Not welcome here anymore so left six years ago. Mostly hispanic and unfriendly to other...


30 posted on 08/05/2010 9:48:18 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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Bell public schools spend $4,809 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678

That number is so wrong. Here in Columbus, Ohio, where houses are much less than the national average, teachers average $60,000+ in salary, plus benefits and retirement, plus they don't pay Social Security (but can collect it if they marry someone who does pay Social Security). Cost per student runs about $15,000 per year. California teachers averaged $63,640 in salary per year (2006-2007). Add in benefits and maintenance, and expect $160,000 per classroom per year. Throw in administrators and other non-teachers paid on the teacher scale, and cost per classroom is close to $240,000 per year in California.

One way school spending defenders claim a lower number is to not count building/maintenance costs, which run about $6,000 per student per year.

For 2011-2012, some teacher unions have agreed to no COLA raises, meaning they will only get the 3-5% raises for seniority and further raises for attending graduate school classes in education. In Columbus, they are also getting 1.7% and 1.85% COLA raises, meaning a total average annual raise of 4.7% to 6.85%.

But $800,000 for mayor? Let's see: 37,580 people. 91% Hispanic. 80% illegal. 7516 legal. 65% over 18. 4885 legal adults. Registration of legal Hispanic adults runs about 50% nationally, so 2443 legal registered voters. Turnout runs about 40% for municipal elections, so expected 977 total votes for mayor/city council. For the election in 2005 that made Bell a charter city (and thus allowed the high salaries) fewer than 400 votes were cast. In 2007, City Council votes were: George Mirabal, 982 - Oscar Hernandez (current mayor) 978 and Victor Bello, 956 (voters got to vote for any three of these candidates). Nestor Enrique Valencia also ran, with 451 votes, but seems to have violated the unwritten rules by listing his qualifications to serve.

In addition, it is traditional for there to be exactly the same number of candidates as open seats (IOW, this was the first city election ever to be contested - incorporated in 1927).

31 posted on 08/05/2010 1:26:21 PM PDT by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2010.)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
This little town in CA had an entire town government absolutely rife with bald-faced, in your face corruption. Paying the mayor a salary of $800K , the police chief $400K, just to name two, as if nobody would have a problem with it.

Didn't de Toucqueville (sic?) say something like, "America will cease to be great when she ceases to be good?"

32 posted on 08/05/2010 3:37:42 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: stevio
Unless otherwise designated by the individual cities, all munincipal elective offices, along with judges and certain other offices, are non-partisan.

That being said, approx. 85% of residents in Bell are latin-americans, so make up your own mind. (No, I don't capitalize American when it is preceded by a hyphen!)

33 posted on 08/05/2010 4:23:44 PM PDT by fantail 1952 ("Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice")
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To: fantail 1952

85% is low - the entire area now is more like 92%, (US ancestry = 2.4% according to CityData) and outsiders (”europeans”) are just not welcome. In 2000, the ‘european’ population was about 50%; by 2010 it is less than 7%.
Between 2000 and 2006, “europeans” were routinely victimized(gangharassment/propertycrime/drive-bys) so they moved out of the area as they were able/forced. In 2005, the town voted to go charter city with only 400 votes being cast. By 2009 the ‘city’ was broke, and one of the ‘poorest cities in California’. Town meetings are now held entirely in Spanish....and the Balkanization of California continues....

http://www.city-data.com/city/Bell-California.html


34 posted on 08/05/2010 5:22:21 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Bell, CA is a lower middle-class working town. This is what happens when the public is sufficiently dumbed down.


35 posted on 08/05/2010 8:21:07 PM PDT by chilltherats (First, kill all the lawyers (now that they ARE the tyrants).......)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Hope this leads to rescinding salaries and pensions....


36 posted on 08/09/2010 6:17:00 AM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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