City of Bell Gave Loans to Highly Paid Employees and Councilmembers
Oh Bell, your story never ends! The latest from the scandal-ridden city of Bell, where city officials were earning some of the highest municipal salaries in the country, are the loans they received. Yes, in addition to their sky-high salaries, they asked for loans, finds the LA Times.
Over the past eight years, around $900,000 in loans were given out to at least 50 people. Of those was two $80,000 loans to City Manager Robert Rizzo, who was paid close to $800,000 a year (and with benefits, it's more like $1.5 million). Councilmembers Oscar Hernandez and Luis Artiga received $20,000 loans, even though they were part-time employees earning an easy $100,000 a year. It appears that the city council never approved the creation of such a loan program.
Okay, what's next Bell?