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E-mails serve as new evidence in Bell scandal

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

There is some damaging new evidence in the Bell salary scandal.

New court documents reveal the contents of some explosive e-mails. In those e-mails, city officials joke about getting rich off taxpayer dollars.

The finding comes from a 19-page city memorandum filed by Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley. Cooley alleges that Bell City officials were intending to deceive the public and that he has the emails to prove it.

Prosecutors said in 2009 Randy Adams was negotiating to become Bell's police chief and was corresponding with Angela Spaccia, then the assistant city manager to Robert Rizzo.

Spaccia: "We have crafted our agreements carefully so we do not draw attention to our pay. The word 'pay period' is used and not defined in order to protect you from someone taking the time to add up you salary."

Adams: "I am looking forward to seeing you and taking all of Bell's money?! Okayj ust a share of it!!"

Spaccia: "LOL well you can take your share of the pie just like us!! We will all get fat together."

Spaccia: "Bob has an expression he likes to use on occasion- pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered!!! So as long as we're not hogs all is well!" Spaccia was referring to her boss Robert Rizzo, who is now accused of bilking millions of dollars from Bell residents.

The e-mails are just a part of the evidence expected to be presented at a preliminary hearing against Rizzo and the others set to begin later this week.

A separate hearing against former and current members of the city council could wrap up Wednesday. All members of the so-called "Bell 8" insist they are not guilty.

Randy Adams, the police chief who was hired and then fired in Bell, is not part of the "Bell 8." He has not been charged with any crime. Prosecutors say the reason is because it's not illegal to make a lot of money.

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