| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:22 PM
Bell's former second-in-command is an unrepentant thief who stole from the working-class citizens in the small Los Angeles County city and then lied on the witness stand in an effort to blame others, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote in a scathing...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 4:00 PM
In more ways than one, I'm sorry to see 2013 fade into the books. Thanks to a steady run of incompetence, corruption and bungling by various public officials, it was a banner year for local news in Greater Los Angeles.
In other ways, I can't wait for...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:22 AM
Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo is expected in court Monday and is expected to plead guilty to filing false tax returns.
From 2005 through 2010, the year he was ousted from his job after his salary was revealed, Rizzo claimed more than $770,...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 9:45 PM
Less than a year after state auditors warned that Bell faced possible insolvency, the city has seen a significant infusion of cash from settlements with firms it blamed for not preventing the corruption scandal that engulfed the town.
| Dec 10, 2013
| 11:22 AM
In Tuesday's Pictures in the News, the late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, is honored at a memorial in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela died Dec. 5 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 5:13 PM
Angela Spaccia's defense in the Bell corruption trial is simple: She agrees she made too much money, but that's not a crime.
Spaccia's trial on charges that she worked with her boss, Robert Rizzo, to engineer huge salaries for Bell's leaders provided...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 1:38 PM
The jury in the Bell corruption case ended a fourth day of deliberations Wednesday and attorneys on both sides said if jurors are methodical about going through the hundreds of exhibits introduced during the trial, they could be out a long time....
| Dec 3, 2013
| 12:32 PM
A Superior Court judge urged the jury in the Bell corruption case to continue deliberating Tuesday after one juror complained that another member of the panel seemed "confused" and might be struggling to understand English.
In a note to Judge Kathleen...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:55 PM
In mid-October when jurors were being chosen for the latest Bell corruption trial, a prosecutor told them they would be done well before Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is long gone and so is Hanukkah, and the jury is on to its eighth day deliberating...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Angela Spaccia, the former second in command in scandal-plagued Bell, was found guilty on 11 out of 13 criminal charges in the 2010 municipal corruption case.
After eight days of deliberations, jurors convicted Spaccia of multiple counts of...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 4:45 PM
The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Angela Spaccia, the former Bell assistant city administrator accused of public corruption.
Court officials said the jury would be read as soon as the defendant and prosecutors were gathered in the...