FROM Laurel Erickson
Incompetence or Corruption in Compton? Council members in the City of Bell were recently convicted of crimes for inflating their salaries by taking money for work on city commissions that hardly ever met. Next door in the City of Compton, something similar has been going on. That's according to a report tonight on KCET's SoCal Connected .
Was City Controller Wendy Greuel Slow to Check Out a Scandal? SoCal Connected on KCET has added a third report to its ongoing series on HACLA . That's the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, which spends a billion dollars in mostly federal money each year, supposedly to help find homes for people who need them. The first report was last March, and the story has finally caught the attention of elected officials.
LA Housing Authority Troubles Continue Public TV station KCET's SoCal Connected program has helped reveal a major scandal at LA's Housing Authority involving former director Rudolf Montiel. He went from being celebrated as a reformer to disgrace as a spender of taxpayer money on personal luxuries including limousine rides and lavish means at pricey restaurants. Despite being fired for misplaced priorities and poor management, Montiel's contract required that he receive a severance deal worth almost $1.2 million. Laurel Erickson reports for SoCal Connected .
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