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Yaroslavsky knocks City Hall's call for independent review of assessor's work (updated)

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Couny Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says City Hall's call for an independent review of the county assessor's work is unnecessary because the county is already conducting such an audit.

News that Los Angeles city officials want an independent review of the county assessor’s work received a cold shoulder at the Hall of Administration today, with one supervisor saying the request is superfluous because of an ongoing audit. 

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s comments came as the Board of Supervisors agreed to delay discussion on a proposal to include tax agents in the county’s lobbyist ordinance. Lobbyists are required to register with the county and are prohibited from donating to supervisors’ political campaigns or officeholder accounts. The item will be back for a vote in two weeks.

Earlier in the day, Councilmen Paul Krekorian and Dennis Zine introduced a resolution asking that a third party review properties whose assessments were lowered by at least 20 percent after Noguez was elected in 2010. Yarolsavksy said the county’s auditor-controller is already conducting such a review.


LA City Hall calls for review of lost property taxes

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Two Los Angeles city councilmen want an independent assessor to review properties that received significant tax reductions, which could have resulted in less revenue to the city, under the leadership of Assessor John Noguez.

Concerned by the news that a Los Angeles County appraiser may have improperly slashed the assessed value of Westside properties, two Los Angeles city councilmen today called for an independent review of how much money the city may have lost.

The resolution from Councilmen Paul Krekorian and Dennis Zine asks the county Board of Supervisors to appoint an independent third party to review all properties that received a property tax reduction of least 20 percent beginning in December 2010 when county Assessor John Noguez was elected.

Lower assessed values mean lower taxes for property owners. 

“If there is any undervaluation of property assets that result in a diminished property tax payment to the county, the city is adversely impacted by that and it's going to result, inevitably, in diminished services to our constituents,” Councilman Paul Krekorian told KPCC.


Maven's Morning Coffee: investigation into assessor expands, LA approves Responsible Banking Ordinance

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District Attorney Steve Cooley says he is expanding the investigation into the county assessor John Noguez.

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Today is Wednesday, May 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


An investigation into the county assessor is growing as the district attorney intends to seek grand jury indictments, according to the Los Angeles Times. D.A. Steve Cooley says county employees are being told by their union leadership not to cooperate with the investigation. "They're telling potential witnesses that, until they get permission from the No. 1 target, they can't talk," he said.

Banks doing business with the city of Los Angeles will now have to disclose details on their loans and foreclosures in the community thanks to a Responsible Banking Ordinance, reports the Los Angeles Times. Those details, which are already reported under federal law, will now appear on a city website that residents can search by census tract.