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Maven's Morning Coffee: Development in John Noguez scandal, tax plans at City Hall, Villaraigosa writes election post-mortem

The Los Angeles Times reports that Assessor John Noguez's money problems started before he was ever elected to the position.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Assessor John Noguez's money problems started before he was ever elected to the position.
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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times found that downtown property owners who gave money to then-Huntington Park Councilman John Noguez's account had $36 million knocked off of their assessed property values, once he became the assessor. "Unlike Noguez's official campaign accounts for county assessor, the Huntington Park fund had no contribution limits, no restrictions on how the money could be spent, and its records were never posted online for public scrutiny," according to the newspaper.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa penned an op-ed in the Orange County Register. He calls for financial reforms, including a revamp of Prop 13. "Without common sense and balanced reforms and the added revenues they would bring in, Californians will not be able to ensure that every student in every neighborhood gets the quality education they deserve," he writes.

The real estate community's lobbying efforts effectively killed plans to adjust the documentary transfer tax, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It's unclear if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will support a proposed sales tax increase, but he told the Los Angeles City Council the plan has to include a batch of financial reforms, according to KPCC. "If we are going to ask the people of Los Angeles to vote for higher taxes, we must continue to cut spending, spur job creation, protect public safety and maintain fiscal discipline," he wrote in a letter to city council.

Controller Wendy Greuel rode a horse in Chatsworth, per LAObserved.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the start of utility relocation work for the Metro Purple Line subway at 1:30 p.m.


9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

9:30 a.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, LAX Administrative Building, board room 107

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, room 1010

2 p.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1050

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350


City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Assemblyman Mike Feuer -- both candidates for city attorney in the March 2013 primary -- will debate at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. Notre Dame High School, 13645 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks.

Check out KPCC's Great Moments in Radio Romance in honor of the station's pledge drive. Details on how to become a member available here.

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