A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.Dude was pulling down a $1.5 MILLION a year salary in a city of 35,000 people. I'd really like to know where the bloody hell that money was coming from, folks. There's got to be one hell of an industrial or commercial base there, because unless all 35,000 residents are MicroSoft millionaires, there's simply not enough tax revenue to cover those kinds of salaries.
A judge also ordered former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo to make $8.8 million in restitution, but prosecutors say that only covers the money he illegally took for himself.
His assistant was making over half a million dollars a year. In a city that is half the size of the city next to the town I lived in up in MA. Oh, and while Bell City has a quarter of the population below the poverty line, the city next to my old hometown has 7%. Something tells me the mayor of Haverhill, MA doesn't make a million and a half a year.
I just don't understand how that kind of money can get pissed away and no one notices. In my little hometown of 6K people there's a town manager, accountants, etc. who oversee the town budget. It boggles my mind that such a huge amount of money - especially in a city with such a large number below the poverty line - could just vanish and no one would be curious.
I guess, in this case, everyone that would have noticed it was on the take...
That is all.