LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city councilwoman convicted of misappropriation of public funds says she had virtually no interaction with defendant Angela Spaccia in the notorious Bell city corruption case.
Teresa Jacobo was called to the stand Thursday by Spaccia's lawyer. Jacobo said she met Spaccia but could not recall ever asking her about city finances.
Jacobo offered a prelude to Spaccia's planned testimony. She said she took all directions from now disgraced City Manager Robert Rizzo and no one questioned his authority. Spaccia was the assistant city manager.
On cross-examination by the prosecutor, Jacobo said she couldn't remember details of decisions made by the council in closed sessions and only found out Rizzo was making close to $1 million a year when she read it in the newspaper.