Bell agrees to appointment of monitor to oversee its finances
A Bell official said Friday that the city had agreed to the appointment of a monitor to oversee day-to-day functions and finances, a move that may delay a civil lawsuit filed by the state attorney general's office.
Jamie Casso, Bell's interim city attorney, will file the motion Monday. He said the city could not take on the legal costs of fighting the state's lawsuit.
He said it would be better for the city and other investigative agencies to allow the criminal proceedings against eight current and former city leaders to move forward.
"The city will soon have an election and the new council can decide how it wants to defend itself," Casso said.
Late Friday, the state attorney general and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced that they had filed a joint motion in Los Angeles County Superior Court to delay the suit since Bell had agreed to the appointment of a monitor.
Christine Gasparac, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said the "motion to stay the civil proceedings will be made Dec. 13."
-- Ruben Vives
Photos: The high salaries of three top officials began the Bell scandal. From left, former City Administrator Robert Rizzo, former Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia and ex-Police Chief Randy Adams. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times; city of Bell / Oct. 21, 2010)