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  • Rizzo, other Bell officials got nearly $900,000 in loans from city

     
    The city of Bell gave nearly $900,000 in loans to former City Administrator Robert Rizzo, city employees and at least two council members in the last several years, according to records reviewed by The Times. The documents show that the......
  • Bell residents take first steps to recall council members

     
    Petitions to recall four Bell council members who were earning six-figure salaries were submitted Tuesday to the city clerk by a local residents group. After initially calling for the resignation of Luis Artiga, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo and George...
  • Bell gave secret loans to two businesses

     
    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......
  • Bell subpoenas Rizzo's personal e-mail account to see if he was using it to conduct city business

     
    Bell city leaders said they suspect former City Administrator Robert Rizzo conducted city business using his own personal e-mail account and have issued subpoenas to obtain copies of messages going back five years. City officials said they learned in...
  • Bell decides to cancel contract to manage Maywood

     
    City leaders in Bell agreed Friday to cancel a contract to handle the day-to-day operations of neighboring Maywood, putting the small, working-class city at risk of being forced to shut down. Maywood, which has 30,000 residents, took the unusual step........
  • Bell residents question city's grass-roots organization

     
    The Bell Assn. to Stop the Abuse, a group formed in the wake of the city's salary scandal, is being second-guessed by residents who believe the grass-roots coalition has slowly been taken over by aspiring politicians and professional insiders. The......
  • Cheers, dancing in Bell as city leaders charged

     
    Charges against eight former and current Bell City Council members brought cheers around the working-class city Tuesday. About two dozen residents gathered outside Bell City Hall as news of the arrests spread. One man used a bullhorn to broadcast the........
  • Bell City Council may be unable to meet with one member in jail; second member set to make announcement

     
    One councilman remains jailed and a second has called a late afternoon press conference, raising doubts there will be enough elected city leaders in Bell to hold a legal meeting Monday -- the first scheduled council session since the arrest......
  • Bell City Council fails to hold meeting

     
    The government of scandal-plagued Bell was thrown further into turmoil Monday night when a City Council meeting was canceled after the afternoon resignation of one member and the failure of another to make bail as he sits behind bars. The......
  • Bell council initially agreed to severance package for Rizzo, source says

     
    A source familiar with the negotiations to get Robert Rizzo to resign as Bell’s city administrator said the City Council initially agreed to a severance package and other benefits but later voted to accept his resignation without any benefits attached.....
  • 'Clown suit activist' arrested for allegedly threatening Bell city clerk at council meetings [Updated]

     
    A political activist known for attending municipal government meetings in a clown suit has been arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats against the Bell city clerk. Sheriff's deputies arrested Edwin Thomas Snell, 63, on Tuesday on the steps of......
  • Rizzo, other Bell officials misused affordable-housing funds, state audit finds

     
    Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo and other top administrators paid part of their high salaries by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fund that was to be used to provide housing for low-income residents in the small......