Western Firearms, IncWestern Firearms in the City of BellUpdated after the jump: The Western Firearms location has key links to big players in the Bell salary scandal. How much more bad press could this small town attract?
Update, 9:22 a.m.: Exclusive "I had no idea" commentary from store ow ... More >>
Updated after the jump with postponement of arraignment for defendants. First posted at 10:51 a.m.
Those eight arrests of Bell city officials Tuesday weren't for nothing, if you ask the state's top budget man, John Chiang. The state controller released an audit of Bell's financ ... More >>
Ted SoquiBell suspects on the board.Updated after the jump with arraignment time tomorrow plus more community reaction, including quotes from Bell activist Cristina Garcia. Originally posted at 9:50 a.m:
By J. Patrick Coolican and Dennis Romero
In what may be an unprecedented crime sweep of ... More >>
John Chiang.State Controller John Chiang on Thursday sent a letter to the city manager of Bell informing him that the city has been been gauging more than 1,000 business owners in the community when it comes to taxes, which Chiang said have increased 50 percent since the year 2000.
He said t ... More >>
Robert Rizzo.Another aspect of the Bell city scandal unfolded this week at the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly $900,000 in municipal loans were given to former city manager Robert Rizzo, two City Council members and other employees.
Almost as fast, however, interim administrative off ... More >>
John Chiang.The Bell City Council early Tuesday voted to roll-back its property tax rate after state controller John Chiang discovered that the municipality had overcharged residents by $3 million over the last three years.
The vote came in the a.m. after the council met for a marathon Monda ... More >>
John Chiang.The Bell City Council on Monday will consider rolling back its property tax rate after state Controller John Chiang announced the city had overcharged residents by nearly $3 million since 2007.
In a letter sent Friday (PDF) Chiang asked the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller ... More >>
Former Bell Chief Randy Adams.Help wanted: Police chief to run police department in troubled town with national spotlight burning a hole in City Hall. Must accept highest pay for such a position in the state of California ... Just kideen. Seriously, the city of Bell is looking for a new polic ... More >>
Responding to a request by the city of Bell's interim city manager, state Controller John Chiang was in the small Los Angeles County municipality Tuesday to take a look at its books. The move follows revelations of six-figure salaries for the City Council, which on Monday reduced its own pay 90 perc ... More >>