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Chapman University to Revisit the City of Bell Scandal

David Aleshire and Anthony Taylor will be among the panelists at a conference at Chapman University on, “The City of Bell Scandal Revisited.”  This conference on February 19, 2015 is free and open to the public, including lunch and an evening reception.  Panelists will include elected officials, academics, citizen activists, attorneys, and journalists.

The City of Bell scandal is the largest local government scandal in the history of the state of California.  Fred Smoller, Ph.D., conference coordinator and professor of political science at Chapman University, is quoted as saying, “It is very unusual – and probably unprecedented – at an academic conference to have the activists who made the revolution, the journalists who uncovered the scandal, and the attorneys who defended and prosecuted the defendants sit together with academics to discuss the important issues raised by this scandal.”

Other panelists will include:

  • Jeff Gottlieb, senior writer for the Los Angeles Times
  • Ali Saleh, Councilman and former Mayor, City of Bell
  • Cristina Garcia, Assemblywoman
  • John Chiang, Treasurer for the State of California
  • Doug Willmore, Bell City Manager
  • Harland W. Braun, J.D., defended Angela Spaccia, Bell’s Assistant City Manager
  • James W. Spertus, managing partner at Spertus, Landes & Umhofer
  • Steve Cooley, served as the 41st District Attorney of LA County

Those wishing to attend any portion of the conference are encouraged to RSVP at