By Randy Economy
September 15, 201012:10 a.m.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is going to have what he calls "a major announcement" regarding the ongoing criminal investigation at Bell City Hall on Wednesday.
Democratic standard bearer for Governor here in the Golden State. He has been ripped apart by GOP mega-Zillionaire Meg Whitman for his "do-nothing" record over the past several weeks. Whitman is now leading in the polls, and NOW is the time for the Brown campaign to do "something" big.
He has promised members of the media that "Wednesday is THE DAY" that his office is going to make a "big" revealing announcement about Bell. Will we FINALLY get "INDICTMENTS?" REAL "CRIMINAL CHARGES?" or more "political grandstanding?"
As you recall, the office of the Attorney General and several other agencies are investigating the officers and employees of the City of Bell, including it's former millionaire City Manager Robert Rizzo, and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, and former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams over huge bloated salary and retirement packages.
Brown said his department's investigation is looking at all possible violations of law by Bell officials, including civil and criminal sanctions.
Brown launched his state probe after The Los Angeles Times revealed the $787,637 salary of City Manager Robert Rizzo and found that the Bell police chief was making 50 percent more than the police chief of Los Angeles.
The newspaper reported that Rizzo's salary made him possibly the highest-paid city manager in the country. Police Chief Randy Adams was paid $457,000 a year, and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia was paid $376,288. The three resigned a few months ago.
Four Bell city council members, including the mayor, were paid nearly $100,000 for their part-time jobs. They have since slashed their pay due to massive public demonstrations.
Brown has been investigating "possible violations" of various state laws and the "waste and misuse of public funds."
Here is what investigators are combing through:
1. All contracts governing the employmentt of Robert Rizzo, Angela Spaccia, and Randy Adams in place since January 1,2004.
2. All documents relating to all Compensation provided by the City of Bell to Robert Rizzo, Angela Spaccia,
Randy Adams, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Luis Artiga, Lorenzo S. Velez, and George Mirabal, including but not limited to employment contracts, records reflecting terms of employment, records reflecting the basis for the Compensation, payroll records, and receipts. This request is not limited to any time period.
3. All resolutions of the City of Bell relating to the Compensation of Robert Rizzo, Angela Spaccia, Randy Adams, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Luis Artiga, Lorenzo S. Velez, and George Mirabal.
4. All minutes of the meetings of the City Council of the City of Bell relating to the Compensation of Robert Rizzo, Angela Spaccia, Randy Adams, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Luis Artiga, Lorenzo S. Velez, and George Mirabal.
5. All electronic e-mails and other "internal" documents including....are you ready...."post it" notes between staff members.
Stay tuned. Is TODAY INDICTMENT DAY in BELL?