| Sep 1, 2010
Then-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo gave city loans of nearly $400,000 to two businesses without public discussion, approval from the City Council or collateral to back the loans, according to documents reviewed by The Times.
One of the loans, $300,000...
| Jul 28, 2010
Former Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams, Bell City Council members, Bell city managers and accountants appear to have conspired to loot that city's bank accounts ("Impressions of former Chief Adams," July 26). The careful plotting to change Bell's city...
| Aug 4, 2010
| 5:40 PM
La Cañada Flintridge is not in the same liability pool as the city of Bell, officials said this week, but nevertheless could be responsible for financing a portion of bloated pensions of former Bell employees because of complicated mathematical overlaps...
| Aug 11, 2010
Last week, the refuse collector for my neighborhood destroyed my trash can while dumping my trash. I called the Public Works Department to get another one. Simple problem, or so I thought.
When the can arrived, I realized that it was a new design and...
| Jan 19, 2011
| 4:06 PM
Once again, Huntington Beach was splashed all over the news. And once again, it found itself wiping away more proverbial egg from its face.
Little did Robert Rizzo imagine how different life would soon become last March when he was arrested after...
| Jan 28, 2011
| 6:17 AM
BELL (KTLA) -- A Bell City Council meeting to discuss drastic cuts to avoid possible bankruptcy was canceled Thursday evening because of a lack of quorum.
Residents packed the council chambers and spilled outside Thursday night, but Mayor Oscar Hernandez...
| Feb 3, 2011
| 5:15 PM
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The salaries of 37,000 Los Angeles city employees was posted online Thursday by City Controller Wendy Greuel in what she called a move to make local government more transparent.
In posting the salaries, Greuel said, the salaries...
| Aug 19, 2010
| 2:40 PM
Glendale and other cities bearing some of the pension burden for the city of Bell's excessive salaries could get relief from legislation introduced in Sacramento late Tuesday.
The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), would force...
| Aug 19, 2010
| 6:23 PM
'Green' definition needs clarity
For too long now you have been misleading some of your readers who can't see through the fallacy that solar panels alone make you "green." No sincere, educated person would classify someone powering their inefficient,...
| Sep 3, 2010
| 7:25 AM
BELL -- A new report says property owners in the City of Bell overpaid hundreds of thousands of dollars in sewer fees.
This is just the latest grievance for Bell residents, who are already furious about the inflated salaries of city officials and high...
| Mar 6, 2011
Miguel Alejandro Sanchez, a longtime Bell resident who protested against the inflated salaries of local officials and was campaigning for a seat on the City Council, has died, just days before the election. He was 34.
Sanchez was pronounced dead at Los...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 9:31 AM
BOYLE HEIGHTS (KTLA) -- Miguel Alejandro Sanchez, a long time resident of the city of Bell and one of the outspoken critics of the Bell City Council, died suddenly Friday after contracting the H1N1 virus. He was 34.
Sanchez, who was running for one of...