The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum holds a treasure trove of surfing's history and is the hangout for some of its legends, but for the last couple of days, it was the haunt of someone more notorious.
Disgraced ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, 56, has been volunteering his services as a security guard for the museum's miniature parking lot at Olive Avenue and Fifth Street.
"We told him any day he wants to do it, we're here," said Gary Sahagen, the museum's director at large. "We definitely need as much help as we can get."
Rizzo was at the center of a scandal that rocked the city of Bell and the nation when the Los Angeles Times uncovered that city employees were making exorbitant salaries. Rizzo was pulling in about $800,000 a year in the cash-strapped city in Los Angeles County.
The Huntington Beach resident could be seen Wednesday afternoon in sunglasses, a navy bucket hat and an M.P.P. Bodyguards Security jacket sitting with his arms crossed in front of the museum's colorful surfing mural in the parking lot.