Friday, October 4, 2013

Steve Lopez on Ratso Rizzo's Surprise Guilty Plea

The rat gets the cheese
(Mod: The fattest rat in the City of Bell corruption scandal surprised a whole lot of people yesterday by copping guilty pleas to all of the 69 charges of public corruption that had been filed against him by the State of California. And while the state claims no deals had been cut, the Federal tax evasion trial being planned for Rizzo may now go away. Here is Steve Lopez's take in the Los Angeles Times.)

Whopping $800,000 salary is a ticket to prison for Bell's Rizzo (link): In January of 2011, the attorney representing Robert Rizzo told me his client would beat the 69 public corruption charges against him. Citizens had a right to be ticked off about the Bell administrator's staggering $800,000 a year in compensation, lawyer Jim Spertus said, but no crimes had been committed.

Now Spertus is singing a different tune, and apparently, Rizzo will be doing his own singing, soon.

"Mr. Rizzo wants to make amends to the citizens of Bell for engaging in wrongdoing," Spertus said in explaining Rizzo's surprise "no contest" plea today, a week before scheduled jury selection, "and we've been able to negotiate a fair and just outcome that will hopefully establish that Ms. Spaccia was the mastermind behind all the greed that led to the charges."

Spertus was talking about Rizzo's deputy, Angela Spaccia, who's got her own corruption trial pending.

That's beautiful, isn't it? An attempt to spin Rizzo as a poor sap who now finally admits his grotesque ripoff of Bell citizens, but claims he was sucked into it by Spaccia. Can we expect him to testify against her now, or will Spaccia cut her own deal?

It's all a little disappointing, really, because I was looking forward to watching Rizzo squirm in court. But still, a case that began with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative work by The Times' Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb will land Rizzo in the big house for 10 or more years.

And the scandal led to statewide scrutiny, and reform, of the various tricks and schemes used by public officials to pad their compensation and retirement pay.

L.A. Dist. Atty Jackie Lacey said that if Rizzo does 10 or 12 years, as he's apparently agreed to do, it would stand as longest sentence ever in an L.A. County corruption case.

Makes you wonder whether, going back a century or so, prosecutors just haven't been trying hard enough.

The waters of the SGVMWD still do not flow in Sierra Madre

(Mod: The so-called temporary hook up with the disinfectant rich waters of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District has still not begun. This event apparently is a bit like the horizon in the desert, it just never seems to get any closer. This from the City Manager's Report.)

SGVMWD Connection Update: California Health department has given Water Superintendent Reynoso a verbal approval to begin using water from the SGVMWD connection, with the written permission amendment to be delivered to the City next week. We will hold off actually taking the water until Monday at the earliest; we want to have full water staff on site when we start taking the water, so that we can respond to customer inquiries and to ensure that the high level of monitoring that will initially be needed, is covered.

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44 comments:

  1. Thank you for this useful information, but I already knew it was October 4, 2013. Tomorrow you're probably going to tell me it's October 5, sterling "journalism" ace!!

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    1. I didn't think I should take any chances, Mr. Rizzo.

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    2. It is understandable that he would be upset this morning.

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    3. Dear 6:30:
      Have a cup of coffee, Josh. You sure get grumpy when the baby keeps you up.

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    4. He has really has developed quite a disposition problem.

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    5. What a sad person - one of the first activities of the day is to go on a local (and invaluable) blog, and leave the verbal equivalent of a sneer. Here's hoping better things come his way.

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    6. Well, there was one piece of good news. He knew what day it is.

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    7. Things are looking up for the former Mayor of our fair village.

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    8. I'll admit to being somewhat dense on occasion but I'll be damned if I can figure out what this is about. John, are you sending out calendar reminders or did this dweeb come to the Tattler and is whining about what he/she found here? Folks, if you don't like what you find on this site I think the answer is clear...

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    9. Actually that fellow has been posting things like that for years. Usually it has to do with personal problems he is having with his body and I can't really share any of that here. He is an early riser, tho.

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  2. Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis. It is also, for you old timers, CB radio day. "10-4 good buddy".

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  3. I remember Steve Lopez from when he wrote a great column about Sierra Madre during the Measure V controversies. He talked about the Cumquat and other dirty tactics being used against good residents of this town. I have always thought that column won the election for us.

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  4. These guys must be related...

    I BELIEVE THAT I SEE A RESEMBLANCE IN ( Nancy (Walsh - Elaine Angular & Ruzzo )

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  5. Rizzo has decided to go blonde - turning a new leaf for the pokey?

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    1. Does the prison system issue mumus to prisoners?

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  6. Quite a statement about our times; it is shocking and surprising when someone who is guilty admits it.

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    1. It certainly couldn't be otherwise, 1:07.
      What would we do with the glut of lawyers if people stopped claiming they were not guilty?

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    2. Ratso hasn't actually admitted Yeah it was me. He's saying Yeah it was me but she made me do it. Taking a cue from the story of Adam and Eve I guess.

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    3. He's a victim. And not just of the person who put that stuff in his hair.

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    4. How about the guy who sold him the donuts?

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    5. Word has it he please guilty cause the Feds are giving him a break. I can hardly wait to pay for his heart ailments in prosion. What do you thionk, is Rizzo over 300 lbs. yet?

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    6. He's a rat. He'll thrive on government cheese.

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  7. Argh! The water still has not been full of chemical cooties? I have been using bottled water like crazy for everything. Damn, is there a date that will be the real one?

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    1. 1:13 think of it as practice. Expensive practice.

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    2. It has all been a ruse worked out by City Hall and Perrier

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    3. No. There is a date that it will happen, but good luck knowing what it is. You're probably better off just starting using the bottled stuff since last week.

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    4. It is possible that the city has no idea, and the SGVMWD won't bother to tell them. It is all run by a Water Master after all. We are just grasshoppers in his eyes.

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    5. That's how things roll in Scamistan

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  8. So Rizzo blames Spaccia. Who does Spaccia blame?

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    1. Bad air from the 710. Carbon monoxide is a leading source of uncontrollable criminal behavior.

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    2. Just wait for the Holden 710 tunnel to bring more carbon monoxide to the area.

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    3. Speaking of rats. Paid cash for a senior position in the State Assembly. Class act that one.

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  9. "L.A. Dist. Atty Jackie Lacey said that if Rizzo does 10 or 12 years, as he's apparently agreed to do, it would stand as longest sentence ever in an L.A. County corruption case.

    Makes you wonder whether, going back a century or so, prosecutors just haven't been trying hard enough."

    Uh, yeah.

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  10. No wondering about it, corrupt politicians have been running rampant for decades. Lacey is probably lucky that Rizzo plead out, she has largely gutted the public integrity unit. With one exception, the unit is absent of any real litigators, and street smart investigators.

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    1. That's ok, future politicans will police themselves (stifles guffaw).

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    2. Elected politicians get their own taxpayer paid city attorney to protect them against, you got it, the taxpayers.

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  11. Wish I could have heard the beautician discuss his look. "You know what you need Rizzy dear? A new do - just some highlights to youthen and lift."

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    1. Is it his hair, or some kind of a wig?

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    2. Sorry to say, I think it's his hair.

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    3. Sometimes a short man will try and use hair to try and appear taller.
      http://latimesphoto.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/3836161146-me-0921-bell-arrest-01-rdl.jpg

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  12. Those in power in the California city of Bell tried it but they to fell off their high horses and were trampled to death by lady justice.

    Along with a private Police Department to protect them from investigations, going to far and uncovering something criminal in their actions now or in the past where NO statue of limitations exists.

    Thus they would all be arresated and hauled away to face trial and prison time. A word to the wise guys and gals, retire and cover up your tracks and slip out of town with some dignity.

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  13. Ra Haaa Ha, Ra Haaa Ha, Rizzo!

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