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Old 08-06-2010, 08:54 PM   #81
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A couple of thoughts:
- The journalists who exposed this are probably in line for some major awards
- To the people who, earlier in the thread, said "I can't do anything about this": here's your answer. Less then three weeks later, the (apparent) wrongdoers are gone, due in no small part to popular action.
Yeah, but they get to keep the money and the pensions. At least so far. I guess it's like the old saying..."crime does pay, just not forever".
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"How can a city sustain itself with all these salaries? We're talking about millions of dollars," he said. "Wow. Everyone in L.A. County is going to want to work for the city of Bell now."
Well, it's too late. However, there may be another city somewhere.
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I guess crime does not pay this time.
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I guess crime does not pay this time.

Let's hope.... I really do hope that they have to give back all the money, lose most of their pensions and spend some time in jail... and the DA said he was going after anybody that had anything to do with it.... good for him...
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I have always said that it takes a certain kind of crook to be in politics...
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There has not been any follow-up in this thread, so I feel that I need to inform people of this.

While in California visiting my aunt last month, I learned that the former city manager Rizzo and 7 others were arrested. They released very little info about the charges then. Just now, I remember to look that up and find this to share. According to the linked article, as of Oct 6, 2010, Rizzo had not been able to make bail, and had been charged with 53 counts.

Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo will try to make bail Wednesday - Los Angeles Times

Then, on Oct 8, 2010, the following article said Rizzo was out after posting a $2M bail, and he said that the city still owed him back pay and legal expenses.

Bell Scandal: Fmr. Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo Free On Bail, Claims City Owes him More Money - ktla.com
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"When numerous perks like vacation, insurance and other benefits were added to his $787,637 salary, Rizzo's total compensation package from Bell was about $1.5 million a year."

Amazing!
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Yes, it is amazing that this can happen in a democracy. When the populace does not watch, when no one bothers to shine light into each dark corner, to lift up the rug, that's what happens...

If I remember correctly, it was a reporter who spotted this scam, and rang the alarm bell.

Thank goodness for free press, for the various parties and factions who oppose the incumbent officials no matter who they are, for the dissidents, in fact for whoever cares to hassle these officials, to keep them in check...
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