Voters in Bell , California , where eight current and former officials face charges related to their outsized pay, go to the polls today to finish what began as a citizens campaign to oust incumbents and turned into a struggle between unions and an out-of-town donor.
The Los Angeles suburb of Bell , California, where eight current and former officials are charged with misappropriating public funds, may pay $22 million to bondholders, according to the interim chief administrative officer, Pedro Carrillo.
Bell, the Los Angeles suburb that paid its city manager almost $800,000 a year, had its credit cut five steps to junk by Standard & Poor’s on concerns about the city’s ability to refinance or pay debt due Nov. 1.
When Bell, California, resident Roger Ramirez heard in 2008 that the manager of his town of 38,000 residents may be the state’s highest-paid municipal employee, he asked City Hall. He got only part of the answer.
Bell , California, the Los Angeles suburb that paid its city manager almost $800,000 a year, illegally raised taxes, mismanaged bond funds and entered into improper contracts and land purchases, according to an audit by state Controller John Chiang .
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said he expects legal action in “weeks, not months” after subpoenaing personal financial records of present and former officials of Bell , the Los Angeles suburb that paid its city manager almost $800,000 a year.