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Supervisor Gloria Molina wants 'independent receiver' appointed to take over in Bell [Updated]

September 21, 2010 |  9:41 am

Gloriamolina Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina is asking state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to ask a judge to appoint an independent receiver to take over operations in the scandal-plagued city of Bell.

[For the record at 11:52 a.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Molina was going to ask the county Board of Supervisors to appoint the receiver.]

The "blatant, pervasive, and unchecked corruption" is worsened by the fact that members of the Bell City Council have not resigned their positions, according to the motion Molina plans to introduce at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

Molina drafted the resolution before the arrests Tuesday morning of at least eight city of Bell officials.

Molina wants to prohibit the City Council from appropriating any funds or entering into any contracts, appoint an independent receiver to facilitate operations in Bell, designate the county's registrar-recorder as the agency responsible for the city's elections, and direct Bell to pay the county $2.9 million it had allegedly illegally collected in property taxes so the county can provide refunds.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office and state and federal authorities continue to investigate Bell, where high salaries earned by Rizzo and other top officials have sparked widespread outrage. The Times reported last month that Rizzo was set to earn more than $1.5 million in 2010. Additionally, he gave loans totaling $1.6 million to more than 50 city officials, including himself. The Times reported Tuesday that the city used nearly $95,000 in public funds to repay Rizzo's personal loans. Portions of a draft audit report obtained by The Times stated that the wire transfers into Rizzo's retirement accounts were made apparently without City Council approval.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Photo: Gloria Molina. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times