Sep 27, 2010
Eight top officials of the city of Bell were arrested last week. They are being charged with stealing millions of dollars from the treasury of this working-class city of 40,000 near Los Angeles.
County and State authorities act as if they were shocked by the corruption in Bell. Really? The super-high salaries of Bell officials were no secret. And the State pension fund granted Bell an exemption from its rules back in 2006, so that the City Manager could receive a pension worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year!
Nor is Bell alone. In several cities in L.A. County, city officials make near, sometimes over, one million dollars a year.
No, California officials aren’t shocked – they’ve been accomplices to these corrupt schemes for years.
But they are politicians – and this is an election year!