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Today is Friday, Jan. 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Two Los Angeles police officers are accused of luring women into unmarked cars and forcing them to perform sex acts, according to the Los Angeles Times. The men allegedly preyed on women who were informants or who had been previously arrested.
An audit of the Assessor's Office determined that John Noguez frequently promoted his friends within the department, even when they were unqualified for the job, according to the Daily News. "Employees indicated there is widespread belief that favoritism played a significant role in promotions when the current assessor was elected," the auditor-controller wrote in the report.
The city of Los Angeles could lose out on $115 million in federal funding if the U.S. government fails to reach an agreement by March 1 that avoids sequestration, reports KPCC. Most of that money would impact housing, public safety and community development.
A Daily News editorial suggests there is something up with L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka's decision not to seek a third term as mayor of Gardena. "Maybe Tanaka was worried about a nasty re-election battle -- something the quiet South Bay city is not used to. Maybe the county jail abuse probe -- coupled with previous allegations that Tanaka coerced deputies to donate to his political campaigns -- are finally gaining traction," according to the editorial.
Where to Find the Politicians
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will create the Office of Contractor Relations at 10 a.m. at Dickerson Employee Benefits.
Controller Wendy Greuel will discuss her latest work on cell phone fraud by city workers. City Hall East at 9:30 a.m.
L.A. City Council members Jose Huizar, Jan Perry and Ed Reyes will announce a downtown half-marathon. 8 a.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
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