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Maven's Morning Coffee: charges for county assessor, a legal fight in Ontario, and a closer look at the DWP union

Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez is facing more felony counts in an alleged bribery scandal.
Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez is facing more felony counts in an alleged bribery scandal.
LA County Sheriff's Dept.

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Today is Wednesday, April 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


KPCC takes a closer look at the men and women whose paychecks help fund the Department of Water and Power union. "Donors to Working Californians are mainly individual union members; the locals that have put up the most money for the PAC are Locals 11 and 18 of the  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and unions representing other DWP workers, such as pipefitters and plumbers," according to the station.

In the race for mayor, Wendy Greuel announced Tuesday that her opponent, Eric Garcetti, had accepted campaign donations from someone who served prison time for financial crimes in the mid-1990s, according to KPCC. Both Greuel and Garcetti voted in favor of the donor's development project when they were on the city council.

A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at the role labor unions play in local elections. "Voters are right to worry about a candidate's ties to labor, not because unions are evil but because they are powerful interests that compete with constituents for the allegiance of elected officials. The same is true when the clout is exercised by real estate developers, chambers of commerce or any group other than those who should come first: residents, constituents, voters," according to the piece.

County Assessor John Noguez and two other defendants are facing 41 new felonies for alleged bribes, reports the Los Angeles Times. The assessor has been on paid leave since last June. He's accused of lowering property tax bills in exchange for bribes.

The city of Los Angeles could be in for a long legal battle over control of LA/Ontario International Airport, according to the Daily News. Ontario city officials complain that the airport has lost 40 percent of its passenger traffic since 2007.

L.A. City Councilman-elect Mike Bonin has appointed Chad Molnar as his chief of staff and Laura McLennan as his deputy chief of staff. Bonin will take office on July 1.

The L.A. County Young Democrats endorsed Gil Cedillo, Nury Martinez and John Choi for the Los Angeles City Council.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be at Peace Over Violence at 10 a.m. to discuss Denim Day. Villaraigosa will then discuss the Future of Volunteering in Los Angeles Community report in the Tom Bradley Tower at City Hall. At noon he'll attend an interfaith press conference at City Hall to condemn the Boston bombings. He'll be in Montebello for an Armenian Genocide Remembrance Commemoration at 1:30 pm. He'll finish the day at a Valley Town Hall meeting in Van Nuys.


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

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010


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