The city, which is about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, is among the poorest in the state.
The city manager, Robert Rizzo, makes $787,637 and his assistant rakes in almost $400,000, to run services for the 37,000 residents of Bell. The two men's contracts call for an amazing 12 percent annual raise.
The Los Angeles District Attorney is investigating Bell for the six-figure salaries it pays to its part-time city council. [continue reading]