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Supervisor Gloria Molina wants 'independent receiver' appointed to take over in Bell [Updated]

Gloriamolina Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina is asking state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to ask a judge to appoint an independent receiver to take over operations in the scandal-plagued city of Bell.

[For the record at 11:52 a.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Molina was going to ask the county Board of Supervisors to appoint the receiver.]

The "blatant, pervasive, and unchecked corruption" is worsened by the fact that members of the Bell City Council have not resigned their positions, according to the motion Molina plans to introduce at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

Molina drafted the resolution before the arrests Tuesday morning of at least eight city of Bell officials.

Molina wants to prohibit the City Council from appropriating any funds or entering into any contracts, appoint an independent receiver to facilitate operations in Bell, designate the county's registrar-recorder as the agency responsible for the city's elections, and direct Bell to pay the county $2.9 million it had allegedly illegally collected in property taxes so the county can provide refunds.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office and state and federal authorities continue to investigate Bell, where high salaries earned by Rizzo and other top officials have sparked widespread outrage. The Times reported last month that Rizzo was set to earn more than $1.5 million in 2010. Additionally, he gave loans totaling $1.6 million to more than 50 city officials, including himself. The Times reported Tuesday that the city used nearly $95,000 in public funds to repay Rizzo's personal loans. Portions of a draft audit report obtained by The Times stated that the wire transfers into Rizzo's retirement accounts were made apparently without City Council approval.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Photo: Gloria Molina. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times


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Finally...this investigation needs to be conducted throughout the state including the Sacramento Gang of thieves! Enough is enough no wonder they all want to be "elected" officials... the money is great and you don't have to do anything to earn it...
Post all elected official salaries and perks so we can all see where and why this state is broke!

the best way to rob the people, is being a people's representative. "for the people, by the people", they have really a sick way to understand the constitution. have you ever wonder why this is not being found out by any government department? does it take to have an outside source to report this salary dicrepancy? is the government reluctantly pursuing corrupt public officials?

Is this an area where the County would have the authority to take over a city. I'm not sure old Gloria knows what she's doing here, but I think this needs to be done at either the State or federal level.

It is good to know that the people of Bell and the local and state agencies stayed on top of this scandal. May they all get what they deserve!

Gloria is just as corrupt if not WORSE!!

If you think the City of Bell is bad, the elephant in the room is the County Board of Supervisors. These people are a bunch of fat cats who spend most of their time conducting empty meetings. Ridley-Thomas, Molina, Zev, Antonoivish, et al, sit in their big chairs and look over their bifocals with an air of gravitas, but are really just interested in getting their names on a public building or a street., while fattening their campaign chests and living large on big pensions. This Board has lost track of it's mission and the Times needs to open the crack and see the real slime behind the Board.

I agree that Ms. Molina is probably just as corrupt as those she is sounding off about. I had a problem with my small property in San Bernardino. I contacted Ms. Molina about the adverse actions the city, county and state had taken against my property to the extent that it can not be sold nor is it lendable. I have tried for over eight years to sell it and not even one call came in. The city planning director even slapped a no permit order on my property without cause or notification. Ms. Molina did nothing about it at all, despite promising to "look into it". Ms. Molina hails from San Bernardino, known for its ongoing corruption, political bribery, inside deals and victimization of property owners and business owners there.
I wish someone would investigate her and also Valerie Ross, the director of planning and development in San Bernardino.

We need an "independent receiver" to take over operations in California.

Our politicans have taken advantage of our laziness and apathy. There is only one way to solve the problem. Vote them out, and stay on top of the fresh batch. A job representing the people should be looked at as a temp job. That is the only way to keep them honest.

If you know you are constantly being evaluated and will pay the price, you mind your p's and q's. When you know nobody is watching, that is when corruption forms.

These people have gotten too comfortable at our expense.

Martha Peters, if you have an issue in San Bernardino County, you should take it up with the county sups there. Molina or any other Los Angeles County supervisors are unlikely to be able to do anything. She might "look into it", but it's really the business of your own county supervisors.

Gloria looks like Rizzo's long lost twin sister...do we have a verified lineage of her parents...

Bell should file for bankruptcy. That might enable it to recover all the money it paid its officials, as well as void its pension obligations to them.


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