Thursday, June 24, 2010

D.A. investigating why Bell council members get nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job - latimes.com

D.A. investigating why Bell council members get nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job - latimes.com

The district attorney's review of city records finds that each member in the working-class community of slightly less than 40,000 people gets $8,083 per month. A $400 monthly stipend was expected.

Unable to obtain insurance, Maywood announced this week it would lay off nearly all its employees, disband its Police Department and entrust all municipal operations to the neighboring city of Bell.

But Bell may have problems of its own. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday it is investigating why council members of the small, working-class city are paid nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job.

In a June 8 letter to Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, David Demerjian, who heads the district attorney's Public Integrity Division, said a review of city records showed that council members each received $8,083.25 per month.

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