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3 highly-paid Bell officials forced to resign

July 23, 2010 | 12:33 am


Bell’s top administrators, whose hefty salaries have stirred public outrage and calls for investigations, agreed to resign Thursday night during a closed-door City Hall meeting.

City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia will not receive severance packages. Rizzo will step down at the end of August and Spaccia will leave at the end of September. Adams will also leave at the end of August, after completing an evaluation of the Police Department.

The decision was announced at midnight to a crowd of angry Bell residents who anxiously had been waiting since the City Council began its meeting at 4:30 p.m. None of the administrators attended the session.

The crowd erupted in applause after the announcement but immediately yelled out questions about what would happen to council members. Four of the five council members are paid close to $100,000 annually. When their questions were not answered, they shouted: “Recall!”

“Definitely letting go of these three top officials is the first step we need to fix the city,” said Cristina Garcia, a member of BASTA, or the Bell Assn. to Stop the Abuse.

Hugo Herrera, 19, said the resignations were "a step."

"However, we are not going to stop until we get them all out of there."

-- Ruben Vives at Bell City Hall

Photo: Police officers stand guard at Bell City Hall, where residents were waiting for the City Council's decision. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times