Preliminary hearings over 'Bell Eight' corruption continue

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Former Bell city employees (left to right) Robert Rizzo, Angela Spaccia, Victor Bello and Oscar Hernandez attend a bail reduction hearing on Sept. 22, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Testimony in the “Bell Eight” preliminary hearings continues for a second week. This morning, defense attorneys took turns grilling the Bell city clerk.

Rebecca Valdez appeared to fight off a cold as several attorneys asked her details about the Personnel Action Reports of city administrators – including the breakdown of salaries for Council service and their work on governing authorities.

At one point the judge asked Valdez how much the only councilmember not facing criminal charges was paid for each of the boards he sat on. She said roughly $92 a month.

That’s a small fraction of what others on the Council took home. The judge pointed out, for example, that the vice mayor was raking in nearly $1,600 a month for work on the same boards. Valdez said former top administrator Robert Rizzo authorized the payments.

When defense attorneys asked the city clerk if council members worked hard for Bell, she said they did.

The judge has set the preliminary hearing for Rizzo to begin Wednesday.

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