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How’s Robert Rizzo Doing?

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 28, 2010 1:56 PM |

How might an individual earning close to $800k as a city manager live?

Let’s learn more about former Bell, CA city manager Robert Rizzo. The Orange County Register recently ran a little expose on Mr. Rizzo, Check Out Home of $800,000-a-Year City Manager:

Robert Rizzo, the city manager of Bell, is taking a lot of heat after the Los Angeles Times reported he’s pulling down a whopping $787,637 a year — apparently the highest paycheck for a city manager in California.

The Bell City Council is reported to be seeking his ouster, according to the newspaper. (LD’s edit: He did resign!!) The L.A. District Attorney’s office is looking into the hefty salary.

It turns out that Rizzo lives in Huntington Beach. I couldn’t resist the question: What’s his house like?

Check it out. What do you think?  I was expecting something more lavish. Overlooking  the ocean or the harbor, perhaps. Or both.

Rizzo’s home  isn’t on the market, but Zillow “Zestimates’” it at $883,500 — pretty close to the clutch annual salary. The tax assessor valued the house at $903,000 last year, according to public records.
By the way, Rizzo, 56, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving near his house in March. A neighbor called police after Rizzo crashed into a mailbox.

“He is accused of being so stumbling drunk, the officer had to stop administering the field sobriety test,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, the Orange County District Attorney’s chief of staff.

She said Rizzo’s blood alcohol level was at .28, which is three and a half times the legal limit.

He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial on drunken driving charges.

But back to real estate: There’s another home on the street not too far from him that’s on the market right now with an asking price of $1,100,000.

I think it still has a mailbox.

Is it safe to assume that Rizzo was the highest paid city manager in the nation? Who knows in these days of municipal malfeasance. In regard to Mr. Rizzo’s job, “nice work, if you can get it!!”

You can’t make this stuff up, beyond that I will reserve comment.


  • Bruce

    Well fed…to boot!!

  • Lou

    Looks like Robbie boy is likely neglecting his situps!!

  • BMB

    On his salary, he can hire someone to do his situps for him.

  • Lou

    Don’t be surprised if Robbie boy ends up being asked to do more than situps if this situation plays out the way I think it might. He may have himself some new friends who take a real liking to him and ask him to touch his toes a few times…don’t worry, Robbie, this won’t really hurt.

    • Bubba

      You really think this guy can touch his toes? Come on..I’ll bet he can’t even touch his knees.

  • disenchanted

    I just don’t understand how no one in the town new about his salary. It had to be approved and the money had to be visably missing from the budget. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me though, as we can relate this to FINRA. How did all those executives get away with those million dollar salaries, loose so much money, and obviously go on vacation when the industry was crumbling?

    • Drew

      Disenchanted….interesting analogy between FINRA and Bell, CA. What do we learn? The oversight committees, whether the board of FINRA or the council members for Bell were grossly negligent, incompetent, and perhaps corrupted in the performance of their duties.

      Both were effectively ‘inside jobs.’

  • scraper

    I can’t wait to see Mr. Rizzo’s next form of employment.

    • Zee-man

      Used car sales perhaps?? or perhaps organ grinder…!!

  • Machine

    I heard Fat Rizzo saying he can get any job that pays him over $800,000. Sure, if this fat piece of %&*#! is a “made” man from a mob.

  • Frank Grossman

    That house seems to be nineteen thirty-five on a street named Lake. See google map. Earth. Zoom.

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