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    Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    This explains why those city workers were overpaid.



    Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal - Washington Times

    The mayor and ex-city manager of the scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb of Bell were among eight current and former city officials arrested Tuesday in a corruption investigation.

    The district attorney's office said several City Council members were taken into custody along with ex-city manager Robert Rizzo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez.

    "This, needless to say, is corruption on steroids," District Attorney Steve Cooley said at a news conference in Los Angeles.

    The district attorney, state attorney general and others have been conducting investigations of officials in the small working-class city since it was disclosed they were paying themselves huge salaries. Mr. Rizzo was making nearly $800,000 a year.

    The investigations involve allegations of corruption, misuse of public funds and voter fraud in the city where one in six of the 40,000 residents lives in poverty.
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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Corruption in Cali? Nooooooo, Say it ain't so......I'm shocked.


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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    This explains why those city workers were overpaid.



    Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal - Washington Times

    The mayor and ex-city manager of the scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb of Bell were among eight current and former city officials arrested Tuesday in a corruption investigation.

    The district attorney's office said several City Council members were taken into custody along with ex-city manager Robert Rizzo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez.

    "This, needless to say, is corruption on steroids," District Attorney Steve Cooley said at a news conference in Los Angeles.

    The district attorney, state attorney general and others have been conducting investigations of officials in the small working-class city since it was disclosed they were paying themselves huge salaries. Mr. Rizzo was making nearly $800,000 a year.

    The investigations involve allegations of corruption, misuse of public funds and voter fraud in the city where one in six of the 40,000 residents lives in poverty.
    One can only hope these arrests send shockwaves of "oops" to other muni's throughout the country. While theirs may be a more flagrant abuse, they are definitely not alone.
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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Funny how the story doesn't mention that all eight are Democrats.

    If they were Republicans......? Better yet, if they were Tea Partiers........?

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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Funny how the story doesn't mention that all eight are Democrats.

    If they were Republicans......? Better yet, if they were Tea Partiers........?
    They would still be scummy criminals.

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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    They would still be scummy criminals.
    Yes, but they'd be scummy, Republican, tea-party sympathizing, bigoted, gay-bashing, Bible-thumping criminals in 3-inch headlines.

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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Yes, but they'd be scummy, Republican, tea-party sympathizing, bigoted, gay-bashing, Bible-thumping criminals in 3-inch headlines.
    I think you forgot birther in there.

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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I think you forgot birther in there.
    LOL, I have trouble keeping up with the MSNBC list.

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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    LOL, I have trouble keeping up with the MSNBC list.
    There's a birther list?

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    Re: Mayor, ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    They would still be scummy criminals.
    The headline would have been " Eight Republican City Council Members Arrested."We all know it's a fact that the media would never pass up a chance to bash the oppisition. When it's their own they will ignore the party affiliation. If an article doesn't say Republican, you are guaranteed that it is a Democrat.
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