UPDATE: Robert Rizzo's Pension Being 'Withheld' By California Attorney General, $100k Council Members Get HUGE Salary Haircut
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California pensions will be withheld for three former Bell administrators until the state attorney general determines whether the city broke any laws in paying them outsized salaries.
Pat Macht of the state's public employee retirement agency said Wednesday that pension applications will be denied for former City Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams, and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia.
All three resigned last week as the scandal over the six-figure salaries grew.
On Thursday, city managers from across the state will gather in Sacramento to discuss drafting new payroll rules, including compiling a public database of salaries for municipal officials.
Under pressure from outraged residents and facing a probe by the California attorney general, the beleaguered City Council of this small blue-collar city voted Monday to slash its salaries by 90 percent, and two members said they will not seek re-election when their terms are up.
The council voted unanimously to set every member's salary at what Councilman Lorenzo Velez is paid - about $8,000 a year. The other four council members have been making about $100,000 a year for their part-time service on the City Council of this largely working-class city of about 40,000 residents southeast of Los Angeles. About 17 percent of Bell's residents live in poverty.
The move came days after a scandal erupted over the pay of council members and other city officials. The city manager, who made nearly $800,000, has already resigned. And Attorney General Jerry Brown on Monday revealed he had subpoenaed hundreds of city records.
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