Los Angeles Times
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Jerry Brown to announce ‘major development’ in Bell investigation
September 14, 2010 | 7:58 pm

State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has called a news conference Wednesday to announce legal action in the state’s ongoing investigation into lucrative salaries and questionable business dealings in the city of Bell.

Brown, who is running as the Democratic candidate for governor, announced that he will detail a “major development” in the case, but provided no further information.

Both the attorney general and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office have opened wide-ranging investigations into allegations of voter fraud, conflict of interest and excessive salaries in the city in southeast Los Angeles County.

The attorney general’s office has issued subpoenas for scores of city documents — from voting records to contracts.

The three top administrators in the small, working-class city stepped down in July after The Times reported that they were among the highest-paid municipal employees in the state.

Likewise, four of the five City Council members drew salaries far greater that the modest monthly stipends that most part-time council members in other cities earn.
In response to the building anger in Bell, council members agreed to slash their nearly $100,000 annual stipends by more than 90%.

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation into possible civil rights violations in Bell, focusing in part on allegations that the city improperly used towing fees and other fines to generate revenue.

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