Salvation Army kettle

NorCal Pair Accused Of Using Salvation Army Bell, Kettle To Enrich Themselves

A man and woman used a Salvation Army bell and kettle to collect money outside a Modesto Wal-Mart for themselves, according to investigators.


The copper bell stolen from St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco (BCN)

Stolen SF Cathedral Bell Recovered Near Oakland Scrap Yard

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.


The copper bell stolen from St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco (BCN)

Historic Copper Bell Stolen From San Francisco Cathedral

A 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 Pensions

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.


John Chiang. (CBS)

California Controller Aims To Prevent Local Corruption

State Controller John Chiang said his office needs more power to oversee local governments and agencies.


California Controller Wants Increased Transparency After Bell Scandal

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.


City Hall in Bell, California. (CBS)

Residents Long Suspected Corruption 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.

CBS San Francisco–09/28/2010


Survey: 20 City Managers In California Make More Than $300K

A state survey finds at least 20 city managers in California receive salaries and benefits that total more than $300,000.

CBS San Francisco–09/24/2010

City Hall in Bell, California. (CBS)

Report: Bell Police Chief Eyed Tax-Free Pension

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.

CBS San Francisco–09/23/2010

Eight people were arrested in connection to the pay scandal in the city of Bell, in Los Angeles County. (CBS)

Prosecutors Say Corruption Ran Deep In Bell

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.

CBS San Francisco–09/22/2010