Former Bell assistant city manager Angela Spaccia looks toward her attorney, Harland Braun, before she was sentenced last April to nearly 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $8.25 million in restitution. Joe Mathews writes that to reform local governance, Californians must first recognize a paradox: Preventing local officials from behaving like those in Bell requires giving more discretion and freedom to local officials.
Former Bell assistant city manager Angela Spaccia looks toward her attorney, Harland Braun, before she was sentenced last April to nearly 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $8.25 million in restitution. Joe Mathews writes that to reform local governance, Californians must first recognize a paradox: Preventing local officials from behaving like those in Bell requires giving more discretion and freedom to local officials. Mark Boster Los Angeles Times file
Former Bell assistant city manager Angela Spaccia looks toward her attorney, Harland Braun, before she was sentenced last April to nearly 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $8.25 million in restitution. Joe Mathews writes that to reform local governance, Californians must first recognize a paradox: Preventing local officials from behaving like those in Bell requires giving more discretion and freedom to local officials. Mark Boster Los Angeles Times file

Joe Mathews: We need to learn the right lessons from Bell to prevent corruption

March 18, 2015 5:00 PM

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