How They Did It

You might have heard about that little scandal in the City of Bell, California, but what you might be wondering is exactly how did the LA Times ever break that story?  Last Tuesday over at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Rubin Vives, one of the two reporters to break the story (Jeff Gottlieb was the other), spoke in detail about how the salary scandal originated.  He shared his experiences, revealing at one point that City Manager Robert Rizzo really just owned up to his high salary when asked how much he was making, seemingly not comprehending the reality of what he was sharing.  Vives recounts trying to find out if there was any controversy in the City of Maywood, which had at the time, decided to lay off all city employees due to poor finances.  When Vives, with the help of Gottlieb, contacted the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office inquiring about trouble in Maywood, they found nothing.  The DA’s office however did mention the oddity of city council members in Bell receiving annual salaries in excess of $100,000.  That tip really shifted the focus as the reporters began focusing on Bell.  From there, as the saying goes, the rest is history.
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