Judge rejects attorney’s proposal for Rizzo bail
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday denied a bail proposal by former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo, who is being held on $2-million bond.
Prosecutors argued Tuesday that neither Rizzo nor seven other current or former Bell city leaders could use money that allegedly came from illegal activity.
On Friday, Rizzo’s attorney, James Spertus, proposed putting up cash and real estate from friends and relatives. Judge Michael Pastor denied the proposal, saying it would not ensure Rizzo’s continued appearance in court.
Rizzo has been in custody since his arrest Tuesday morning at his home in Huntington Beach. Seven other former or current city officials, including Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia and Mayor Oscar Hernandez, were also arrested in a corruption case.
Spaccia was released Friday night after posting $350,000 bond; council members Luis Artiga and Teresa Jacobo and former Councilman George Cole posted bail previously.