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Bell City Council remains behind closed doors

July 22, 2010 |  8:04 pm

Bell City Council members remained behind closed doors Thursday evening deliberating on the fate of three high-paid administrators while a boisterous crowd waited outside.

The council members went into closed session at 4:30 p.m. and were still deliberating shortly before 8 p.m.

Attorneys for the city have been negotiating with the three officials for several days, hoping to reach deals in which the city manager, assistant city manager and police chief would step down, sources told The Times.

Resigning would make City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia eligible for lucrative pensions. But the three also have contracts that protect them from being fired without cause.

Rizzo earns nearly $800,000 a year, believed to make him the highest-paid city manager in California and possibly the nation. Adams makes $457,000 — 50% more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck — and Spaccia makes $376,288, more than the top administrator for Los Angeles County.

-- Ruben Vives at Bell City Hall

Photo: Bell Councilman Lorenzo Velez speaks to the media during an emergency City Council meeting Thursday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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