September 28th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

California mayor in salary scandal released on bail

The mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell, California, was released on bail early Tuesday after his arrest last week on corruption charges, sheriff's deputies said.

Eight current and former Bell, California, city officials - including Mayor Oscar Hernandez - were arrested in connection with a probe conducted by the Los Angeles County district attorney. High salaries paid to city officials sparked local outrage and national attention when they came to light in July.

Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia resigned after media reports they were each making several hundred thousand dollars a year.

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown sued eight current and former officials "to recover the excess salaries" that Bell officials were being paid. He also was pursuing a reduction of their pension benefits.

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  1. SR

    If he wouldn't have had the outrageous salary in the first place, he wouldn't have been able to post bail.
    This is absolutely disgusting, these crooks!

    September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. ram

    he has posted bail using stolen money - steal money – get arrested – post bail with stolen money – a vicious cycle indeed!

    September 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WhiteKong78

    Where's an ex marine with a sniper rifle when you need one? Problem solved and you might discourage other corrupt individuals in the process.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa baby

    Killing someone because they steal money is a bit extreme i think they should be brought down to poverty level till the moneys paid back by doing community service for a little humble let those greedy politions see how thier bad decisions keep the poor down while they line thier pockets with taxpayers money give them a taste of poverty

    September 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ang

    How is that posible?

    September 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ang

    Lisa I saw ur comment after I posted mine but I agree with u.
    Take the money out of their pockets and give it 2 the people they stole from, if they don't have it then make them clean toilets or something like that. gosh!!! how easy they thought they had it.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. marco

    They where required to proof that money for bail was not from ill profits.justice will be serve.they have ruin their reputacion and that is part of the sentence a sentence they will carry for life.marco los angeles Ca.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jimmy

    I wonder if the mayor of BELL would give me a job ?

    September 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ang

    cleaning toilets? I bet he will!

    September 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WhiteKong78

    @Lisa I was mostly kidding. We all know the crazies in this world only pop the innocent ones. Why help clean up the trash in this country? Even if he is made poor he will still have his experience and education that will land him a great job somewhere else. True justice is a matter of debate. In Germany they issue financial punishments based on a percentage of income. When you get pulled over for speeding the ticket costs more if you make more so it hurts the same.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |