Bell hearing: Ex-city attorney says that's not his signature on Rizzo's salary contracts
Bell’s former city attorney testified Friday that while his signature appeared on several of contracts that gave former city administrator Robert Rizzo his increasingly lucrative salary, he didn’t sign any of them.
Edward Lee’s testimony came as a Los Angeles County prosecutor tried to establish that Rizzo had drawn up his own contracts to boost his base salary to $787,637 annually. Rizzo is among eight current and former city leaders charged with public corruption in the small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Lee testified that the last contract for Rizzo that was approved by the City Council and signed by him was dated Oct. 21, 2002.
Rizzo is accused of doctoring later contracts that repeatedly boosted his salary. By the time he resigned in July, Rizzo’s total compensation had reached about $1.5 million.
The former city attorney said he never saw these subsequent contracts until they were sent to him last summer for review in answer to a public records request from The Times.
Asked about his signature on the July 1, 2008, addendum to Rizzo’s contract, Lee replied, “I’ve raised questions how my signature is on that document.”
-- Jeff Gottlieb
Photo: Robert Rizzo. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times