It wasn’t that Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo was hired in 1993 at a salary of $72,000 a year, and, after a sham vote in 2005 allowing city council members to exempt themselves from state salary limits (400 people voted in this so-called “election”), Rizzo raised his annual pay ten fold, to $787, 637…
…the average cardiologist, by the way, makes $512,000 a year; it wasn’t that he winked as Police Chief Randy Adams got paid $457,000 a year, or that Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia was making $376,288 a year; it wasn’t even that, when caught, Rizzo threw Spaccia under the bus, claiming that she “masterminded” the whole thing; it wasn’ t that, after posting $3.2 million in bail – wonder where he got the money for that? – he got picked up for a DUI while working as a parking lot attendant at a surf museum; it wasn’t that his projected pension was $650,000 (now reduced to $50,000 – a vote Rizzo did not participate in); it wasn’t that the Jabba-the-Hut looking troglodyte, facing 69 counts of everything you could do wrong with taxpayer money, pled no contest on the eve of trial to avoid even more airing of his dirty laundry.
No, it was the horse.
It was the goddamn horse.
Off the backs of the 40,000 working poor of Bell, Rizzo bought a ranch near Seattle and a race horse named Depenserdel’argent . It’s a French name.
The translation: “spend money.”
I could almost stomach everything else, but turning an innocent animal into a billboard for your corruption?
No. No, that’s just a wee bit much.
By all accounts the horse doesn’t speak French. Let’s just be happy for that.