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Bell 8: 'I am looking forward to ... taking all of Bell's money,' police chief said in e-mail

Bell's assistant city administrator and the city's then-candidate for police chief referred to themselves as “pigs” in an e-mail exchange as they discussed the exorbitant salary being offered the lawman, documents released in court Monday show.

"I am looking forward to seeing you and taking all of Bell's money,” then-Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams wrote in a 2009 e-mail to Asst. Bell City Administrator Angela Spaccia, according to a 19-page memorandum filed by prosecutors in court Monday.

"Okay ... just a share of it!!,” Adams adds, the memo shows.

Spaccia then responds to Adams with another e-mail:

"LOL ... well you can take your share of the pie ... just like us!!! We will all get fat together ... Bob [Rizzo] has an expression he likes to use on occassion ... Pigs get Fat ..... Hogs get slaughtered!!!! So long as we're not Hogs...All is well!?"

The e-mails are contained in a memorandum laying out the prosecution’s case against eight current and former city leaders in Bell, who are accused of misappropriating city money and attempting to cover up their high salaries.

The first phase of the preliminary hearing, aimed at six former and current council members, is in its second week.

A second and third phase will be directed at Spaccia and former city administrator Robert Rizzo. Both  are accused of looting the city treasury.

In the e-mail exchange contained in the memorandum, Spaccia also seems to lay out how Adams' employment contract has been worded to avoid drawing any attention to the pay levels.

“The word Pay Period is used and not defined in order to protect you from someone taking the time to add up your salary,” Spaccia explains in another e-mail to Adams, according to the memo.

Adams was paid more than $400,000 as the city's police chief, higher than the Los Angeles police chief and the police commissioner in New York City.


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Photos: (Left) Randy Adams in June 2010. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times. (Right): Angela Spaccia in October 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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W O W ! ! !

The deadly sin of sloth & greed has now come back to haunt you!

this is not suprising, but really Bell and most of us deserve these kinds of civil servants - nobody really cares about civics anymore. in a few years this will all be forgotton by the residents - they will be too busy trying to rename as many street after cesar chavez as they can instead.



There ought to be something worse that can be done to punish these people for their behavior. I can't even think of words bad enough to describe what they have done to the city of Bell. Life in prison isn't even bad enough.

Deplorable but not different from half the county employees, most notable rank and file police officers and firefighters who have their own disability scam where they retire early on disability pay at the taxpayer's expense. Let's face it, if there is money being given away, there will always be someone happy to take it. We are by nature lazy and greedy creatures.

I hope these dirtbags go to jail for a very long time

Wow. All I can say. Damning evidence.

How many hundred other pigs and hogs are cashing in at other SoCal cities? The entire payroll of every city in Southern California should be audited and ranked according to gluttony.

I guess they turned out to be hogs after all.

So THAT'S why the chief pig.. excuse me..police chief resigned when the scandal broke. Figures

you mean it's not just illegal aliens draining the public coffers? Next the Times needs to run a story on how little taxes the mega rich pay these days.

Wow! Whats scary is this practice is probably going on in larger city governments. L.A. city hall maybe?

I wish the LATIMES would publish more stories about that happened in Bell, describing how the pigs who greedily grabbed money from Bell came into the situation in the first place. How does something like this happen? The stories are coming out in the investigations but I don't see the stories in the media. Society needs to read about what happened. How did a two-bit police chief end up getting paid a salary higher than the police chief of LA or NYC? I would like to know that story. The real story. Were there unique circumstances in Bell or was Bell just unlucky to attract the attention of venal predators?

This kind of leakage of documents certainly will give the defendants the right to say the jury might have been predjudiced. As a resident of Glendale and someone who tried to believe Randy Adams was an innocent pawn, I have to admit this info sickens me. To put it in an email shows a lot of stupidity and arrogance.

Incredible... Is this the same Randy G. Adams who lectured us constantly on ethics?....

You gotta love email and the fact that it's never truly erased :-)

I hope they both get fat in JAIIL!!!

So, how come then-Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams isn't going to jail?

Yet they still say there is nothing to prosecute Randy Adams on...give me a break. Out of all the people in the Bell scandal, Randy Adams was not charged with anything...Does this even make sense?

Unbelievable! Nice use of electronic mail. Him being in law enforcement should no that you shouldn't even leave an E-trail! HAHAHA

sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick

Speechless. So blatant talking about this, too.

its totally fishy that adams hasnt been charged with anything...

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