Bell city council to subpoena official in salary probe

BELL — Bell City Council members have voted to subpoena the records of its former city manager, whose huge salary has prompted investigations into possible fraud.

City Attorney James M. Casso said Friday that the records could help the city determine whether Robert Rizzo engaged in unlawful and wasteful activities.

Rizzo was forced to resign earlier this year after residents learned he was being paid nearly $800,000 a year.

Former Police Chief Randy Adams, who was paid $457,000 a year, also resigned. So did former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, who was making $376,288 a year.

Bell officials also voted unanimously Friday to look into legal action against city officials, political consultants or others.

State Controller John Chiang also stated that property owners in Bell overpaid more than 600,000 dollars in sewer fees. The city increased those fees three years ago without voter approval.

The news follows weeks after the state controller determined that the city has charged higher property tax rates than state law allows.

KPCC's Brian Watt contributed to this report.