A man and woman used a Salvation Army bell and kettle to collect money outside a Modesto Wal-Mart for themselves, according to investigators.
Police 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.
A landmark bell was reported stolen from the garden at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco on Sunday morning.
Well-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.
State Controller John Chiang said his office needs more power to oversee local governments and agencies.
More 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.
A 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.
A state survey finds at least 20 city managers in California receive salaries and benefits that total more than $300,000.
The 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.
Eight 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.