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Unringing the Bell

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Here's a good one: "Six former Bell council members are asking a Superior Court judge to dismiss corruption charges against them, arguing that voters in the small Los Angeles County city gave them the authority to draw the annual salaries of nearly $100,000 that prosecutors say amounted to thievery." Yes, the allegedly super-corrupt Bell officials say that Bell's status as a charter city exempted it from state salary caps. As a data point, Bell's ex-city manager Robert Rizzo "was earning nearly $800,000 a year and had a total compensation package of about $1.5 million when he was fired." [LAT]