Corruption As Usual

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.


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One Response to Corruption As Usual

  1. Dear Well;

    Watch closely as Boob Etheridge takes his best shot at stealing the NC 2d Congressional District election from Renee Ellmers! He’s getting lots of help over there in Sampson County (where he was born) and possibly in precincts of Harnett as well. He’ll get no such help here in Lee County. We’ll cut them off at the knees if they try to pull any shenanigans here. We weren’t aware we had any Chicago-style poll workers here in North Carolina, so I guess we need to be more vigilant! Message to Bob– GO HOME!


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