NorCal Pair Accused Of Using Salvation Army Bell, Kettle To Enrich ThemselvesA man and woman used a Salvation Army bell and kettle to collect money outside a Modesto Wal-Mart for themselves, according to investigators.
Stolen SF Cathedral Bell Recovered Near Oakland Scrap YardPolice have told the Archdiocese of San Francisco that they had found a 5,300 pound, historic bell that had been stolen last Sunday from the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Historic Copper Bell Stolen From San Francisco CathedralA landmark bell was reported stolen from the garden at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco on Sunday morning.
Californians Grow More Critical Of Public Employee PensionsWell-publicized cases of public employees abusing the system to enrich themselves have helped sour the public perception of public employee benefits, according to a new poll.
California Controller Aims To Prevent Local CorruptionState Controller John Chiang said his office needs more power to oversee local governments and agencies.
California Controller Wants Increased Transparency After Bell ScandalMore than a dozen state agencies paid some of their top executives more than $300,000 in 2009. That information comes as part of an ambitious effort by the state controller to make government employee compensation public after last year's scandal in Bell.
Residents Long Suspected Corruption In BellA few would-be whistleblowers suspected for years that the government in this working-class Los Angeles suburb was corrupt and that leaders were secretly paying themselves six-figure salaries.
Survey: 20 City Managers In California Make More Than $300KA state survey finds at least 20 city managers in California receive salaries and benefits that total more than $300,000.
Report: Bell Police Chief Eyed Tax-Free PensionThe one-time police chief in the corruption-plagued city of Bell declared himself disabled when he took the job last year in a move that could someday earn him a tax-free state pension worth millions of dollars, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
Prosecutors Say Corruption Ran Deep In BellEight current and former officials of the city of Bell appeared in shackles before judges Wednesday in a corruption case prosecutors said was so ingrained in the blue-collar suburb that almost anyone who could have blown the whistle was benefiting from it.
Eight Arrested In Bell High Salaries ScandalThe mayor and former city manager of Bell were led away in handcuffs Tuesday, charged with six other officials with taking more than $5.5 million from the working-class suburb in a scandal that triggered nationwide outrage and calls for more transparency in government.
Eight Arrested in Bell Salary ScandalAn ex-city manager and mayor were among eight people arrested on Tuesday in a corruption investigation in the scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb of Bell.

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