The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

California:
Municipal Corruption

Aug 2, 2010

Public officials in Bell, a small, working-class city of about 40,000 people near Los Angeles, have been paying themselves handsomely – $788,000 a year for the city manager, $376,000 a year for his assistant manager, $457,000 a year for the police chief.

Bell’s elected city council members, who approved these “Rich and Famous” style salaries for the appointed officials, took care of themselves too. Four of the five council members paid themselves about $100,000 a year each – while they laid off city workers and cut services for residents.

How many more public officials in the Los Angeles area have been robbing the population so shamelessly? We may never even know, as things stand.

Bell, like many other small cities in the country, doesn’t have a newspaper. This story, which required some detective work, was brought to light by two Los Angeles Times reporters – exactly the kind of local reporters that the L.A. Times has been laying off lately!