In Bell, two more City Hall resignations and one huge pay cut
As officials try to reel in the salaries of the highest-paid City Hall workers in Bell, two top city administrators have stepped down and a third has agreed to a 61% pay cut.
The high City Hall salaries in the small, working-class city southeast of downtown Los Angeles have drawn criticism across the state since they were reported by The Times in July.
The city's three top administrators — City Administrator Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia — stepped down and four of the five City Council members agreed to take a 90% pay cut. All but one council member was making about $100,000 a year for part-time work. Rizzo was the highest paid, set to make more than $1.5 million in total compensation this year.
"It's what I said from Day One," said interim City Manager Pedro Carrillo. "We're looking at all high salaries of city employees."
The city's director of administrative services, Lourdes Garcia, who was making $422,707 a year, has agreed to take a 61% pay cut, bringing her compensation in salary and benefits to $165,000 a year, city officials said.
-- Ruben Vives
Photo: Bell residents protest high salaries for city leaders. Credit: Associated Press