Once again, Huntington Beach was splashed all over the news. And once again, it found itself wiping away more proverbial egg from its face.
Little did Robert Rizzo imagine how different life would soon become last March when he was arrested after crashing into a mailbox in the 1900 block of Pine Street — not far from his home. He had a blood-alcohol level of .28, more than three times the legal limit, and as reported in this paper, "He was allegedly so intoxicated and stumbling around 'that the officer could not have him finish the field sobriety test,' said Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff at the Orange County district attorney's office."
Soon, the world would learn about Rizzo, the highly paid Bell city administrator, and as he would become the poster boy for local city corruption after he and some of the members of the Bell City Council were arrested and charged with a mind-numbing litany of crimes.