Pt. 7: City of Bell Salary Scandal: Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives Tell How They Broke the Story

Part 7: Los Angeles Times reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives tell how they broke the City of Bell salary scandal and discuss their efforts to root out other corruption. A simple request by two Los Angeles Times reporters for salary information on public officials in the small City of Bell blossomed into a scandal that has captivated readers nationwide. Reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives broke the story that disclosed Bell’s city manager Robert Rizzo was being paid a total of $1.5 million a year… and part-time City Councilmen were making over $100,000. The discussion was held at the Los Angeles Press Club on August 26, 2010. The Editor of the news website comments: “The Media’s focus on Bell’s criminal-level salaries is merely a one-dimensional view of the endemic larger problem; the bigger problem is a three dimensional festering network of corruption between officials in the small adjacent cities that compose southeast Los Angeles County.”