Bell City Manager Resigns in Disgrace From $800,000 Government Job – Will Now Receive $650,000 Pension Every Year For Life

That’s for life.

He’s only 56…quick math means his disgraceful departure will earn him about $13,000,000. Nice job, if you can lose it.

As reported by ABC News

Three municipal officials whose outsize salaries sparked a firestorm of outrage in the working-class Los Angeles suburb of Bell, Calif., resigned after midnight Friday following an emergency meeting of the city council.

The 56-year-old will draw an immense pension, between $650,000 and $880,000, making him the highest-paid pensioner in California.

“Rizzo resigns and still makes more than $600,000,” said Ali Saleh, founder of the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse, a grassroots community group. “That’s why I call him a predator. He’s taking advantage of the community whether he keeps his job or resigns.”

Four of the five council members, who approved the employees’ salaries, earn over $100,000 for part-time work, sparking a preliminary investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

City council members in comparable cities holding similar posts typically earn around $4,500.

“We’re reviewing the facts to see if we need to launch a formal investigation,” said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney.

“Part of what took place is legal,” she said. “If the council voted to give [Rizzo] the pay, that’s legal. How much the council members are making and how those elected officials got that pay might require investigating.”

“When Rizzo came in, in 1993, he was one of the lowest-paid city managers in the state,” said Hussein Saleh [a city resident], who owns a fashion company and last year lost an election for city council. “Now he’s the highest. It’s not hard to understand what happened. He raised utility taxes, raised property taxes to the highest in the area, and pushed through a $70 million bond issue to fix the parks, but we haven’t seen any of it.”

Don’t go away thinking this is just an isolated problem. This pillaging of you, the tax payer, is happening at the federal, state, county and town level. Every town and its taxpayers are suffering from overpaid, under-worked government employees with nice fat pension plans, early retirement, bounteous health care coverage and more than generous salaries.

Every town…even your town. Bell is just a “lightening rod” example of the abuse happening to us all of us from every level of the government.



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