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City Cuts Police Pensions, Raised Politician Pensions

City Cuts Police Pensions, Raised Politician Pensions

Associated Press

October 03, 2010

BELL, Calif. — The city of Bell, Calif., cut pensions for new police officers at the same time it provided record-high pensions for former city manager Robert Rizzo and 40 other officials.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the city created a two-tiered pension system, with officers hired after 2006 getting smaller pensions than other police staff.

Documents show the more recent hires also had to work until 55 to get their full pensions. Before the change, Bell police officers were eligible to receive their full pension at age 50.

The Times reported Wednesday that City Council members and other officials got supplemental pensions paid for by Bell tax funds to get around retirement limits imposed by the state retirement fund.

Rizzo and seven others were charged last week with looting city funds. Rizzo’s attorney James Spertus has said his client did nothing wrong.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    horrible, I hope they get jail

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    lonerangersheriff

    almost 4 years ago

    110 Comments

    Does not surprise me that there is little accountability amongst city council members.

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    95Zcar

    almost 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Once again services cut while politicians line their own pockets, prop up teachers and keep the touchy feely programs running

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Ronald Reagan made the statement that "Govt. is not the solution, its the problem." How better demonstrated than this situation. The politicians who get us in these fiscal disasters get a raise where the folks who actually protect and serve get a paycut.

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    Bronze77

    almost 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    After all that has happened people are actually shocked!!, corruption at it's worst. How about these folks take a lie detector test, and have a background done. I t would most likely weed out these scumbags!!!

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    roybenz

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    If the mayor and board of alderman in the City of St. Louis ever get control of the city police department from the state of missouri, the same thing or worse will happen to the police pension system, which is sepearte from the city of st louis civil service pension.

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    Cookieman63

    almost 4 years ago

    30 Comments

    The voters in every jurisdiction should be paying attention to what their officials are voting on. This is not the only jurisdiction that this has happened in.

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11354 Comments

    " The Times reported Wednesday that City Council members and other officials got supplemental pensions paid for by Bell tax funds to get around retirement limits imposed by the state retirement fund. "

    Are you kidding me? Council and other officials get supplemental pensions to bypass State limits.

    I think the AG needs to issue more arrest warrants and lock up the whole city council and anyone else involved in this unbelievable scamming of taxpayer money, and then find out how to void any pension these scammers may receive...

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    DarkBlue

    almost 4 years ago

    4880 Comments

    Destined4SWAT.....the answer is YES !!

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    FireDad

    almost 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    You know, I saw this on the national news last week. My wife's mouth dropped.. She also thinks that these city employees need to be locked up somewhere far, far away..

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    chiefkcr

    almost 4 years ago

    3614 Comments

    Same old story !

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    I saw this story in the papers a few days ago, that the scumbag Rizzo had paid himself an exorbitant salary, along with the city council, and now they're cutting LE benefits?! Fire all of'em, then file charges.

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    wiseass0282

    almost 4 years ago

    10984 Comments

    I hope they all get locked up for a long time. Bunch of crooks.

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    FireDad

    almost 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    These politicians need to be prosecuted.. The Police deserve the pensions more than the politicians.

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    AKangel

    almost 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Very sad, once again the Men & Women in Blue who put their lives on the line daily are not taken care of, yet a bunch of blood suckers just got a little richer.
    PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST.....

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