Robert Rizzo Gets 12 Years in Prison and $8.8 Million Restitution Order: Update

See the update at the end of this post on Robert Rizzo's state-court sentence and apology.

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ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 6:37 A.M.: Former City of Bell chief administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as part of a plea deal that included Jabba the Corrupt admitting he spent $120,000 in ill-gotten loot on construction at his former Huntington Beach home.

We're guessing it was for wider archways and reinforced floors.

U.S. District Court Judge George H. King in Los Angeles said at sentencing Rizzo was consumed by "greed in cheating the taxpayers of the United States after cheating the citizens of Bell," proving yet again that greed is very fattening.

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Affliction Clothing Sells Tasteful T-shirts to Raise Funds for Seal Beach Massacre Memorial

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When I learned Affliction Clothing was making t-shirts to honor victims of the worst mass shooting in Orange County history, I thought, "Uh-oh."

After all, isn't this the MMA-lovun company known for garb with images of skulls, the Grim Reaper and designs that would stain anyone who fell into a puddle of tattoos?

Indeed, it is.

But fear not, ultimate fight fans ...

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Did Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray Mislead Public About Rental Housing Program?

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Kris Murray
Anaheim's so-called "Quality Rental Housing Program" championed by councilwoman Kris Murray comes back to council today for a second reading. When it does, staff will revise a questionable questionnaire concerning occupancy limits set to go out to apartment owners starting this summer.

Murray feigned opposition to it last meeting. "I do not support the checklist that was included," she said at the time. "Many people don't understand is that very often we see the agenda at the same time as the public and that is the case in this situation as well."

But was last Tuesday really the first time the councilwoman saw the checklist that made the program really about booting poor residents more than slapping slumlords?

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Morton Irvine Smith, an Actual Irvine (with a Naughty Past) Wants to Be Mayor of Irvine

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Morton Irvine Smith, an actual member of the family that gave the city of Irvine and the sprawling ranch before it their names, wants to be mayor of Irvine.

Smith also holds the, erm, distinction of being among those cited in the Weekly's "Son of Scary" list of Orange County's Scariest People of 2002.

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Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray's Crusade Against Slumlords Really a War on Poor Residents

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Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray is usually known for being a cold technocrat (as well as for being a 2013 OC Scariest People inductee), so it was odd when she spoke with passion about squalor. "To the slumlords who are trying to operate in our city, we want you to get out," Murray warned during an August Quality Rental Housing program workshop. "We are coming!"

The program has been a point of pride for the councilwoman, with her allies on the dais giving giddy props. But after meeting with rental associations since the initial workshop, the final version of Murray's anti-slumlord crusade--slated for a vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting--is really just an effort to boot low-income residents under the guise of addressing overcrowding. And not giving an actual shit about the poor, of course!

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Hugo Godinez, Registered Sex Offender, is Unlikely "Star" of Constitutional Challenges

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When Hugo Godinez was ordered to register as a sex offender with the Costa Mesa Police Department at his sentencing for a 2010 misdemeanor sexual battery conviction, the Santa Ana resident could not have foreseen his future in shaping California law.

The latest ripple came Wednesday when the Orange County District Attorney's office filed a petition in hopes the state Supreme Court will uphold ordinances banning sex offenders from municipal parks and recreational facilities.

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Sam Abed and John Masson, Escondido Council Members, Chided for OC Developer's Donations

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Mark Ferraro
An Irvine development company finds itself in the middle of a controversy involving its campaign donations to a mayor and a city councilman.

But these contributions were not to officeholders in Orange County but farther south.

At issue are contributions of $4,100 each to Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and Councilman John Masson from Pacific Land Investors, which is co-owned by Mark Ferraro of Irvine.

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Craig Frizzell, Steve Shulman, Robert Morton, Ex-Newport Beach Cops, Win $1 mil Settlement

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As R. Scott Moxley has previously reported in Navel Gazing, three former Newport Beach police officers filed an eyebrow-raising lawsuit against their former bosses last year.

Two of the cops, Craig Frizzell and Steve Shulman, claimed their superiors repeatedly rigged promotion tests, gave improper consulting deals to favored retired cops, granted secret access to sensitive police databases to unauthorized individuals outside the department, took free hotel rooms, handed special favors to businessmen who provided free meals and retaliated against honest officers who complained. Another officer, Robert Morton, claimed he was demoted for complaining about the promotion process.

Now, the City of Newport Beach has apparently decided they don't want the case to go to trial. To wit: City Hall agreed to a nearly $1 million settlement with the trio. Frizzell and Steve Shulman will each receive about $425,000, while ex-officer Robert Morton will win $100,000. (The city also spent about $650,000 in lawyer fees on the lawsuit).

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Anaheim Councilwomen Slam Mayor Tom Tait for Getting Money from Garden Grove Hotelier...then Do the Same

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Anaheim councilwomen Lucille Kring and Kris Murray have made a sport of bashing Mayor Tom Tait over his private hotel-related business dealings in Garden Grove. The animosity stems back to the Mayor's dissenting vote opposing the $158 million mega-subsidy given to the now-infamous GardenWalk hotel project. Sycophants of Dark Lord Curt Pringle have laughably tried to scream hypocrisy as if they were in a position to criticize!

With Kring running for Mayor against Tait and Murray seeking a second term on the city council, the latest campaign forms hilariously show both politicians getting their coffers stuffed by a Garden Grove hotel company!

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the Great Park's Audit Controversy!

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Oh, that crazy Great Park audit! Moxley had his take on it a couple of weeks back, and we're still waiting to hear if the Irvine City Council's Republican majority will follow through on giving the auditors subpoena power to make Larry Agran and his crew squirm. Someone get these folks a show on Bravo already!

The back-and-forth in OC's eternal Cold War is the subject of my latest KCRW-FM 89.9 "Orange County Line" commentary with host Steve Chiotakis.

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