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Bell officials turn over salary documents to Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown

July 28, 2010 |  2:15 pm
 

The city of Bell has turned several documents to the state attorney general's office in order to comply with a subpoena, a spokesman for the office said.

Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown issued the subpoena on Monday, seeking hundreds of salary and employment documents from the city to determine whether top officials broke laws in awarding high salaries. Brown also sought e-mails, employment contracts for the city's top three administrators, City Council resolutions related to compensation and minutes from certain council meetings. The city was given 48 hours – or until 1 p.m. Wednesday -- to turn over a first set of documents. Additional documents are due on Aug. 6, according to the subpoena.

At a news conference on Monday, Brown said he was moving swiftly, after The Times exposed a pay scandal in the small working-class city, to crack down on possible wrongdoing and to warn other cities not to follow Bell's path.

The Times reported that Bell's city manager, Robert Rizzo, was earning nearly $800,000 in annual pay, making him the highest-paid government manager in the nation. Police Chief Randy Adams was paid $457,000 a year, and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia made $376,288.

Under pressure from residents, all three have resigned.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is also investigating Bell officials for improper salaries, conflicts of interest and voter fraud.

For full coverage of the Bell salary scandal, check out www.latimes.com/Bell.

-- Jeff Gottlieb

Investigating Bell: A Times special report:

Is a city manager worth $800,000?

In depth: High salaries in Bell

Interactive: How the salaries got so high

Bell residents are not happy about high salaries

High salaries fuel anger in Bell

Bell council members under investigation for $100,000 salaries


Video: Why do Bell officials make so much money? The Times' Jeff Gottlieb explains.

Bell city manager might be highest paid in nation

Bell council found loophole to allow big salaries

Photos: Protests in Bell

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