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Maven's Morning Coffee: fraud in the Assessor's Office, Rep. Jerry Lewis leaves Congress, crime down in LA

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Today is Friday, Dec. 28, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times looks at how such massive fraud could allegedly be carried out in the Assessor's Office. "At least part of the answer lies in the obscurity the assessor's office, the lack of outside scrutiny and the sheer size of the property tax rolls, which make it difficult to detect reductions, even when they amount to hundreds of millions of dollars," according to The Times.

Rep. Jerry Lewis is leaving Congress after three decades of service. The congressman tells KPCC that after his first two years in Washington, D.C., "I came within an inch of going back to California and running for Lieutenant Governor because it was so inane."

Crime is down in Los Angeles for the 10th straight year, though there were bumps in petty theft and murder, reports the Los Angeles Times.

A Daily News editorial argues that the city's gun buyback program shows the need for better controls on assault weapons and large magazines. "The Los Angeles Police Department's gun buyback event today sends a great message that firearms need to be taken off our streets. But these feel-good affairs are just a symbolic drop in the bucket to end gun violence," according to the piece.

A zoning administrator determined that Walmarts's permits for a Chinatown location were properly issued, reports KPCC. Opponents have until Jan. 4, 2013 to file an appeal.




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