Hundreds of California city residents march over salary scandal

10:42, July 26, 2010      

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Hundreds of residents in Bell City in the southeastern suburb of Los Angeles marched on Sunday in protest against "fat cat" officials who get exorbitant salaries.

With many wearing T-shirts that read "My city is more corrupt than your city," the protesters called for the resignation of Bell City Mayor Oscar Hernandez and some other City Council members.

The protesters demanded that the mayor and other City Council members reduce their six-figure salaries or quit.

The protest came after three city administrators resigned under mounting pressure from the public who were angered by their sky-high salaries.

Bell is a small city in Los Angeles County with only 37,000 residents and one of the poorest cities in the United States. One in six residents of the city lives in poverty. However, Bell City officials earn exorbitant salaries.

Bell City Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo reportedly earned 787,637 U.S. dollars a year, which is nearly twice as much as U.S. President Barack Obama; Police Chief Randy Adams earned 457,000 annually, 50 percent more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck; and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia earned 376,288, much more than most city managers in the county and also in the nation.

The three men resigned on Friday after California Attorney General's Office launched an investigation into the high salaries paid to top Bell City officials. But their resignation did not appease the public.

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