First there was Bell, Calif., the little Los Angeles suburb that achieved distinction for its florid corruption. Robert Rizzo, former city manager, stands accused of 53 counts of misappropriating public funds and conflicts of interest. In a town described as the poorest in L.A. County (average income $30,000, unemployment rate 16 percent), Rizzo earned a salary of nearly $800,000 in 2009 and was expecting to rake in $1.5 million this year. In addition to Rizzo, police arrested and charged the assistant city manager, mayor, and a gaggle of council members. It was, in the words of the district attorney, “corruption on steroids.” At least 50 city officials, including Rizzo, reportedly received loans from the city worth a total of $1.6 million. The chief of police resigned after the LA Times reported that he was earning a salary of $457,000.