Two views of Angela Spaccia in Bell corruption trial

spacciaIt’s Day 2 in the corruption trial of former Bell Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia. She was making more than $500,000 a year and her boss – Robert Rizzo – more than twice that when their salaries came to light in 2010. Prosecutors say the pair had a secret formula to boost their pay. Spaccia’s lawyer says her client was duped by Rizzo, who has already made a plea deal with prosecutors…Divisions in the upper ranks of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are coming to light. Several captains are accusing Sheriff Lee Baca of retaliation for reassigning to them less desirable posts because they are supporting one of Baca’s rivals – former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka – in next year’s election. The L.A. Times reports that of the nine department captains who are publically backing Tanaka, four were reassigned this month. A spokesman for Baca says the transfers were driven by the captains’ performance and the department’s needs…The state’s political watchdog is expected to announce its biggest fine ever today – a combined $1 million penalty against two out-of-state non-profits, including one with ties to billionaires Charles and David Koch. The groups violated California finance laws when they funneled $11 million into the campaigns for Prop. 32 and against Prop. 30. Despite, the infusion of cash, the groups were on the losing side of both votes…Two L.A. City Council members are calling for wholesale changes to the city’s sexual harassment training regimen. For one thing, they want every city employee to undergo training – not just managers. The proposal comes on the heels of two high profile lawsuits, one of them filed by a former aide against Councilman Jose Huizar…chinohills2And finally, there’s a bovine menace at Chino Hills State Park. Grazing cattle are breaking through fences and roaming the park, scaring hikers and trampling sensitive habitat. The park sprawls across 14,000 acres of rolling hills and oak-lined canyons where L.A., Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties meet.