Episode 39: Calf Length Black Socks

Hillary and Tina cover the former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer and the City of Bell scandal.

Hillary’s Story
In 2007, Eliot Spitzer earned the New York’s governor seat after campaigning on a platform of integrity and principle. But, when a wiretap exposes Spitzer’s alleged liaisons with a known escort agency, his own integrity and principles are called into question.

Tina’s Story
In 2010, the City of Bell was a modest suburb in Los Angeles county with quaint tree lined streets. But, when a newspaper reporter learns of potential misappropriation of funds, he rings the bell on political corruption that no one suspected.

Hillary's Sources
Eliot Spitzer
Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal

New York Times
Eliot Spitzer
Spitzer Said to Be Weighing Resignation--By Danny Hakim and William K. Rashbaum
Felled by Scandal, Spitzer Says Focus Is on His Family--By David Kocieniewski and Danny Hakim
Spitzer Resigns, Citing Personal Failings--By Michael M. Grynbaum
Eliot Spitzer Sues Woman Who Accused Him of Assault--By Jesse McKinley
Eliot Spitzer: Milestones in an Ambitious Career

Washington Post
FBI Watched Spitzer Before February Incident--By Keith B. Richburg, Susan Schmidt and Carrie Johnson


Democrat & Chronicle
Behind the scenes: The Capitol chaos when Eliot Spitzer resigned 10 years ago--by Joseph Spector

Eliot Spitzer--Public Domain via Wikipedia
Spitzer and Silda at Press Conference--by Stephen Chernin via US News
Mayflower Hotel--by Jacquelyn Martin via Business Insider

Tina's Sources
City of Bell Scandal

City of Bell
City of Bell Homepage

Whittier City News
Last councilman convicted in Bell corruption scandal sentenced to 1 year in prison--by City News Service

Los Angeles Times
Timeline Bell: ‘Corruption on Steroids’--By LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF

Bell salary scandal: Mayor among 8 arrested--by John Rogers

Courthouse News Service
Convicted City Manager in Public Funds Scandal Wins Partial Reprieve--Matt Reynolds
Assistant City Manager Convicted in Public Funds Scandal Loses Appeal--by Nathan Solis

How The L.A. Times Broke The Bell Corruption Story--by David Folkenflik

Bell scandal: 3rd ex-council member sentenced in corruption trial--by KPCC Staff

NBC Los Angeles
Prosecutors: “Secret Formula” Key to Bell Corruption Scandal--By Patrick Healy and Jonathan Lloyd
City of Bell Sues Former Police Chief--by Beverly White and Bill French

California Legislative Information
Government Code Section 36516

CBS News
Defendant details financial actions in Bell Calif salary scandal Ex Bell Calif Mayor Oscar Hernandez too uneducated to know his actions were illegal lawyer says--by AP

ABC 7 News
E-mails serve as new evidence in Bell scandal--by ABC7
Bell corruption trial: Ex-police chief explains controversial emails--by ABC7

Daily News
Bell, Calif. city manager gets 12 years prison for $6 million corruption scheme--The Associated Press

VC Star
5 Bell scandal counts tossed for ex-local official--by The Associated Press

Former Bell Assistant City Administrator Ordered to Payback $8 Million--by RJ Johnson

California City News

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government
A Little Here. A Little There. Pretty Soon It Adds Up To Real Money.--by VREG Staff

All Gov California
Ex-City Official’s $650,000-a-Year Pension Slashed Again

Los Angeles Daily News
Former Bell Police Chief to reimburse city for over $200,000 in tentative settlement--City News Service

Southern California Public Radio
Bell scandal: Ex-mayor gets 1 year in jail; 4th council member to be sentenced in corruption case

ABC News
Bell, Calif., City Leaders Arrested in Salary Scandal--by Lee Kamlet

Orange County Register
Surf museum ends Robert Rizzo’s parking gig

Robert Rizzo Leaving Court--Screenshot via KTLA (Jury Deliberation coverage of Bell Scandal)
Angela Spaccia—Screenshot via KTLA (Jury Deliberation coverage of Bell Scandal)
Bell 8 Scandal Mugshots—Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Handout via Reuters