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Three suburban city officials in Southern California got the attention of Attorney General Jerry Brown and were forced to resign after published reports revealed their combined salaries exceeded $1.63 million.

Bell, Calif. Mayor Oscar Hernandez defended the workers Friday, saying their pay was in line with the norms for their positions, according to the Los Angeles Times, which broke the story. But Hernandez also apologized to residents of the city of 40,000. "We recognize that today's economic climate and the financial hardships so many families are suffering put our past compensation decisions in a new light."
Bell, Calif. Mayor Oscar Hernandez
City Manager Robert Rizzo, who made $800,000 annually, Police Chief Randy Adams, paid $457,000, and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, at $376,288, all resigned after a closed session of the city council. As part of the deal, the officials will not get severance packages, the Times said.

Brown, a Democrat who is running for governor, said the salaries were "shocking and beyond belief." He said his office and CalPERS -- the state pension fund -- would investigate to determine whether any "Illegality, self-dealing, or other improper activity" occurred in Bell city government in connection with the pay packages.

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They may have resigned, but their pensions are outrageous. The state should appeal the pension. Who authorized these ridiculous salaries ??? Where is the oversight in state govt ??? Did anyone notice the big checks being paid out each month ? Isn't anyone look at the city budget ?? I feel for the residents of Bell that they have been targeted by such CROOKS.

July 24 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Neither should they receive PENSIONS in line with their exhorbitant salaries!

July 23 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Watch for a State constitutional amendment coming to overturn the current amendment regarding pensions. This is a big deal. This Bell city thing is just so agregious, I can't believe it. I'm going to demand in the city I live in to do the same thing. City planners, managers and all city personell should declare their salaries. These small beuracracies hide in the shadows and the people who live in them should wake up and become involved. My husband and I, thanks to a very diligent neighbor, have become involved and attend most of the meetings. We've actually managed to stop two major ordinances from going through and both are being reconsidered with our input. All City Council meetings are open to the public and most of the time there are only a handful of residents attending. It's unbelievable that people don't really know what's going on in their own towns and cities.

July 23 2010 at 4:36 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to truthforfreedom's comment

jerry brown upset with these pensions? come on- this is what bankrupted CA and he has no clue as to how to fix the probs- HE and his ilk are the probs

July 27 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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