Officials to hold civic tutorial in Bell [Updated]
A state Assembly committee on Monday night will hold a tutorial on civic options for residents of scandal-plagued Bell, offering information on differing forms of municipal governance, public records law and the state's latest findings on the city's finances.
A representative from the state controller's office unveil its most recent audit findings into City Hall finances under the administration of former City Manager Robert Rizzo. Rizzo is charged as the ringleader of a group of eight city officials who conspired to steal more than $5 million from the city's treasury.
[Updated at 11:07 a.m.: An earlier version of this post said Controller John Chiang would be the featured speaker at Monday night's event. A spokeswoman for Chiang's office, however, said he is scheduled to be in Sacramento on Monday and Tuesday and will send other representatives to the meeting in Bell.]
The hearing, titled "Municipal Compensation and Transparency in the City of Bell," is hosted by the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of South Regional Middle School No. 2, 6411 Orchard Ave.
The controller's office will present its latest audit findings and take questions from residents. The office previously found that Bell overcharged residents and businesses by $5.6 million in taxes. It also found that Bell spent $95,000 to repay loans that Rizzo made to himself, an apparent violation of law.
The California Newspapers Assn. will outline the public's right to obtain information from local governments, and the state legislative counsel's office will provide a briefing on charter cities.
-- Catherine Saillant