FROM Ali Saleh
Round One of Bell Verdicts Is In A jury today found five former members of the Bell City Council guilty of misappropriating public funds by accepting pay for meetings of the Solid Waste and Recycling Authority. Prosecutors argued that it was established for the sole purpose of increasing their salaries. All five were acquitted on similar charges related to the Public Finance Authority. A sixth defendant, Pastor Luis Artiga, was acquitted on all counts. We hear from Ali Saleh, who was elected Mayor in the aftermath of the corruption scandal, and from State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a member of BASTA, the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse.
City of Bell Finds a Pot of Money Grand jury transcripts unearthed by the Los Angeles Times may be good news for the City of Bell, which can use it. Some $4.5 million was secretly set aside for pensions by two former officials: the disgraced city administrator Robert Rizzo and his Deputy Angela Spaccia. Ali Saleh is the new Mayor of Bell.
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Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.