Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Crooked California Elected and Public Officials Charged By LA County DA
Bell residents Jaime Luna, left, and Susanna Villela, center, celebrate in front of City Hall. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley filed charges against eight current and former Bell officials Tuesday, alleging that they misappropriated $5.5 million in public funds. Robert Rizzo, Bell's former city manager, has been charged with 53 counts of misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest. The mayor, city manager, assistant city manager and members of the city council have been paying themselves huge salaries, paid for by the generally lower income residents of the small California town. With salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for little or no work, these officials were bleeding their fellow citizens, the same ones who elected them.