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Bell won't cover Robert Rizzo's legal bills

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo appears in court.

July 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo lost a bid to make the city pay his legal costs, at least for now.

Rizzo is facing dozens of counts of fraud and other charges over a Bell executive salary scandal.

A judge ruled Tuesday that the city does not have to cover Rizzo's legal expenses, at least not until a jury decides whether Rizzo's actions were a legitimate part of his job.

Meanwhile the Bell City Council has let Interim City Administrator Pedro Carillo go.

Mayor Ali Saleh takes over day-to-day city operations until a replacement is found.