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Bell officials arrested, prosecutors set to file criminal charges (including Rizzo)
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/ ^ | 9/21/2010 | /latimesblogs.latimes.com

Posted on 09/21/2010 9:50:01 AM PDT by dragnet2

At least eight city of Bell officials were arrested this morning as L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley prepared to announce criminal charges in the municipal salary scandal.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; US: California
KEYWORDS: bell; bellcity; california; corruption; socal; stevecooley
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1 posted on 09/21/2010 9:50:03 AM PDT by dragnet2
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KFI Los Angeles also just broke the story regarding multiple arrest of City of Bell officials.


2 posted on 09/21/2010 9:50:57 AM PDT by dragnet2
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Only about 100,000 cities left to go.....


3 posted on 09/21/2010 9:52:12 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

There are hundreds more local govt types that need to be arrested, tried and convicted of fraud in pay and retirement issues. RICO should apply.


4 posted on 09/21/2010 9:53:24 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Oldexpat
There are hundreds more local govt types that need to be arrested, tried and convicted of fraud in pay and retirement issues. RICO should apply.

Agree!

Demand your local cities, town and counties make their salaries public...

Force them to put it on the Internet and local papers....

Demand they show over time records, and reveal tax paid benefits for all local government employees.

5 posted on 09/21/2010 9:55:53 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Hmmm, I wonder what political party these city officials belong to ... ? The author neglected to mention that in the article. /sarc

Of course, if they were Republican it would have read differently. REPUBLICAN city officials were arrested. REPUBLICAN Rizzo collected a salary of $1.5 million ... etc.


6 posted on 09/21/2010 9:57:47 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: dragnet2

I saw the people attending a Bell Council meeting on the news last night. These are what Tea Party members SHOULD be. They’re on the verge of torches and pitchforks there. Heads SHOULD roll there. Let’s hope it has a ripple effect.


7 posted on 09/21/2010 9:58:05 AM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: dragnet2

Oh my John and Ken will be all over this story when they go on air this afternoon!


8 posted on 09/21/2010 9:58:39 AM PDT by ColdOne (November and Beyond! Do not vote for Obama Republicans! :^)))
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To: dragnet2

Are these the folks who were making like 850,000 a year? I sure hope so. This is basically theft.


9 posted on 09/21/2010 9:59:08 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: dragnet2

This is the most clear and straightforward case of thievery by one of these piss ass cities — but what about all the other cases of no bid contracts and self-dealing, kick backs from unions, etc?


10 posted on 09/21/2010 10:01:50 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: dragnet2

Great news! I hope it spreads like wildfire because this is happening in cities all over the country.


11 posted on 09/21/2010 10:02:07 AM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: Oldexpat
A witness told The Times he saw Councilman Luis Artiga taken away in handcuffs this morning. Artiga is going to rat loud to save his own hide..

Rizzo and other top city officials stepped down in July after the salary scandal broke. City Council members — who were earning nearly $100,000 a year — significantly slashed their pay.

These people are much worse than common criminals....

I can't wait to see Rizzo dragged from his horse ranch, into state prison....

12 posted on 09/21/2010 10:05:43 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Wire fraud. Used public funds to pay back private loans. Maybe grounds to take away pensions.


13 posted on 09/21/2010 10:06:03 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: dragnet2
From Musical Fiorello

“Into a little tin box,
A little tin box
That a little tin key unlocks.
There is nothing unorthodox
About a little tin box.
In a little tin box.
A little tin box
That a little tin key unlocks.
There is honor and purity,
Lots of security,
In a little tin box.”

14 posted on 09/21/2010 10:07:50 AM PDT by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: dragnet2

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/09/former-city-administrator-robert-rizzo-among-8-bell-officials-arrested.html

Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo -– whose nearly $800,000 salary sparked widespread outrage and intense public scrutiny of city practices -– was among those arrested Tuesday morning in a sweep by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

No details have been released, but a source not authorized to speak publicly about the case said that Rizzo; former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; Councilmembers Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal; and former Councilmembers George Cole and Victor Bello were among those arrested.

For two months, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and state and federal authorities have investigated Bell, where high salaries for Rizzo and other top officials prompted calls for resignations. The Times reported last month that Rizzo was set to earn more than $1.5 million in 2010. Additionally, he gave loans totaling $1.6 million to more than 50 city officials, including himself.


15 posted on 09/21/2010 10:08:59 AM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: dragnet2

At least when John Dillenger robbed you, he pointed a gun at you and smiled, but you still knew what his intentions were. The politicians of Bell, CA just smiled at the citizens...and then robbed them.


16 posted on 09/21/2010 10:10:07 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: dragnet2

Sounds like the Bell is cracking................


17 posted on 09/21/2010 10:10:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Deo volente
Yeah, they just confirmed Rizzo was arrested at his home in Huntington beach this morning, and is in jail.

If he bails, he'll be a flight risk.

18 posted on 09/21/2010 10:10:31 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Signalman

We only have about 100,000 more corrupt city governments to investigate.

This is a good start.


19 posted on 09/21/2010 10:12:08 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Start with the little burg on the Potomac.


20 posted on 09/21/2010 10:12:32 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: Jackson57

The positions are non-partisan but I heard Rizzo was registered as a democrat.


21 posted on 09/21/2010 10:13:11 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (Yes, I know)
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To: Signalman

No lubricant for the citizens.


22 posted on 09/21/2010 10:14:36 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Vicki
I hope it spreads like wildfire because this is happening in cities all over the country.

Especially because this is happening in California, I am optimistic that We The People are starting to pay attention to such things.

23 posted on 09/21/2010 10:15:27 AM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: dragnet2

“Demand your local cities, town and counties make their salaries public...”

We the People should also recieve an annual of OUR pension obligations for OUR public servants


24 posted on 09/21/2010 10:17:45 AM PDT by mo
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To: dragnet2
We only have about 100,000 more corrupt city governments to investigate.

And Chicago alone, would probably constitute about a quarter of them.
25 posted on 09/21/2010 10:17:48 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: dragnet2

When are they going to arrest state and federal officials for squandering our hard earned money?


26 posted on 09/21/2010 10:17:52 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe
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To: mo

“an annual statement...”


27 posted on 09/21/2010 10:18:45 AM PDT by mo
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To: Jackson57

All of them are DemocRats !!!


28 posted on 09/21/2010 10:19:31 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: RightField
I would guess by the time they get around to the small towns like those Texas and Illinois, the city employees will be on greyhound buses to points unknown.

Larger cities will be harder to crack due to the level of government corruption in these large cities, and the fact that half these local government employees are likely being paid off in tax paid funds.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

29 posted on 09/21/2010 10:23:53 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: w1andsodidwe
When are they going to arrest state and federal officials for squandering our hard earned money?

Like Senators and members of Congress?

That's the $60,000 question.

30 posted on 09/21/2010 10:25:16 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Vicki
Great news! I hope it spreads like wildfire because this is happening in cities all over the country.

You bet Vicki..

The American tax payers are being gang raped by millions of the government employee tax parasites.

31 posted on 09/21/2010 10:30:50 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

short rope, tall tree.


32 posted on 09/21/2010 10:52:06 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: dragnet2
We only have about 100,000 more corrupt city governments to investigate.... This is a good start.

I think it will end with these characters, hence the high-profile nature of the story. Much back-patting to be had once justice is done with an assurance that "we can move on; nothing more to be seen here".

33 posted on 09/21/2010 10:52:15 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: dragnet2

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo

34 posted on 09/21/2010 10:53:13 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: dragnet2
The American tax payers are being gang raped by millions of the government employee tax parasites.

The very reason these people need to be dragged out by the hair of their heads and thrown into the streets for the buzzards.

Friggin no good bastards!

35 posted on 09/21/2010 10:54:09 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: dragnet2

There are other problematic cities to be sure, but this Bell thing is amazing.

Our police chief here in Glendale was wooed by Bell and went to work for them. His new yearly salary was about $450,000.00.

The guy was a great police chief in our town. He was well liked by everyone. Now this. I’m watching to see if he is one of the people who was arrested this morning.

I’m actually sad to see a guy that everyone liked, reduced to this. Time will tell if he was involved in any criminal activity. I hope not. That salary alone may be problematic. There is also talk of loans to make up portions of salaries or some such.

This is a real stinker of a mess.


36 posted on 09/21/2010 10:57:19 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: unixfox
these people need to be dragged out by the hair of their heads and thrown into the streets for the buzzards. Friggin no good bastards!

I couldn't agree more....People are pissed off bad...

In fact, so pissed you can hear them on So. Cal radio stations demanding these arrogant government criminals be hung from the nearly light poles.

No joke...I've heard it....People are no longer holding back. They've just had enough!

37 posted on 09/21/2010 10:58:17 AM PDT by dragnet2
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Er....from the nearest light poles.


38 posted on 09/21/2010 10:59:27 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: DoughtyOne
What we'll see here is as other towns and cities are scrutinized, they'll start ratting each other out...No different than other common criminals.

First to squeal gets the deal.

39 posted on 09/21/2010 11:02:03 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: ColdOne; dragnet2; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; Carry_Okie; onyx; ...
Time to tune in for the upcoming show....where is Jerry Brown...

He still hasn't shown up for his interview roasting last time I checked.

40 posted on 09/21/2010 11:04:33 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Scythian
Rizzo was over a million ....with his various schemes....

Lives over in Huntington Beach.

41 posted on 09/21/2010 11:06:10 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I will tune in today, I usually listen the next day. Jerry is not ever showing up on their show, he is to much of a coward!


42 posted on 09/21/2010 11:08:42 AM PDT by ColdOne (November and Beyond! Do not vote for Obama Republicans! :^)))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
In addition to his million dollar income, he also owns a tax payer paid horse ranch...not bad for small town city manager...

These people need to rot in prison...General population for them....I hope they get beat daily while in the joint and are taken out in a box.

43 posted on 09/21/2010 11:10:56 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Well, if there are other cities out there that are out of Control to this degree, I hope they are outed. I hope cities that are even less out of control are outed.

Isn’t it shocking that in this day and age city leader’s salaries are not public record. This is something that hadn’t crossed my radar before. I hear there’s a movement in California to require all cities to publish their leader’s salaries.

Can’t believe this wasn’t the case before.

That should wake a lot of people up. It should prevent this from happening again. Let’s hope.


44 posted on 09/21/2010 11:11:11 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: DoughtyOne; NormsRevenge; dragnet2; Marine_Uncle; blam; SunkenCiv; Scythian; ColdOne; onyx
Nice Summary on Youtube:

City of Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo Steals a Shocking $800,000 a Year

45 posted on 09/21/2010 11:14:47 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: rawhide

Now THAT’s a face you can trust!
</sarc


46 posted on 09/21/2010 11:14:47 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot.)
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To: TruthHound
I saw the people attending a Bell Council meeting on the news last night. These are what Tea Party members SHOULD be. They’re on the verge of torches and pitchforks there. Heads SHOULD roll there. Let’s hope it has a ripple effect.

Yeah, we've seen it..Many are are hard working Hispanics that had no idea they were being gang raped by these government crooks.

47 posted on 09/21/2010 11:15:46 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Monkey Face; rawhide

See #45.


48 posted on 09/21/2010 11:17:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

News conference now.


49 posted on 09/21/2010 11:17:53 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

http://www.kfiam640.com/mediaplayer/?station=KFI-AM&action=listenlive&channel_title=

Press conference going on right now!


50 posted on 09/21/2010 11:18:17 AM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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