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Longtime county employee appointed to lead Assessor's Office (updated)

Santos H. Kreimann

Los Angeles County

The director of Beaches and Harbors, Santos H. Kreimann, was recommended to lead to the Assessor's Office while John Noguez takes a leave of absence.

The director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Beaches and Harbors was recommended today to temporarily run the Assessor’s Office while the district attorney continues his investigation into allegations of misconduct. 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider Santos H. Kreimann’s appointment next Tuesday. If confirmed, he would become the chief deputy assessor and effectively run the Assessor’s Office as acting department head in John Noguez’s absence.

Less than two weeks ago, Noguez announced he would take a voluntary leave of absence while the District Attorney’s Office looks into allegations that assessed property values were lowered for campaign contributors. Noguez has denied any wrongdoing. 

"I encourage my staff to support Santos Kreimann during my absence. He will have my full authority to manage and oversee the department," Noguez said in a written statement. 


Settlement approved for crash involving Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $750,000 settlement today for the family of a woman killed in a crash involving a Sheriff's Department's deputy.

The family of a 25-year-old woman who was killed in a multi-vehicle collision involving a Sheriff’s Department patrol car will receive a $750,000 settlement from Los Angeles County. 

The Board of Supervisors approved the settlement on consent without discussion.

Lisa Hylla was driving on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway about 2:20 a.m. on May 3, 2010 when she rear-ended a pickup truck, according to a report from the board’s County Counsel. Hylla was outside of her car, either standing or walking near the center divider, when a sheriff’s deputy in a patrol car struck the disabled vehicle. The car then collided with Hylla, who was killed.

Attorneys for Los Angeles County deny that the deputy was at fault in the collision, but decided to settle the case rather than take their chances at trial. The California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department determined the crash occurred because the deputy was speeding, according to the county’s corrective action report.