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Maven's Morning Coffee: Superintendent's future with LAUSD, City Hall keeps budget official, Bell strives for transparency

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Los Angeles' top budget official, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, will keep his job, reports KPCC. City Hall's labor unions have been critical of his performance but Mayor Eric Garcetti says he looks forward to working with the CAO on the city's finances.

L.A. County Assessor John Noguez was charged with a dozen additional felonies Monday for allegedly lowering the property taxes for three commercial buildings, according to the Los Angeles Times. Prosecutors say Los Angeles County lost out on $10 million in tax revenue because of the assessor's actions. Noguez has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is expected to discuss his future with the district following today's performance review. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Daily News look at his record and the civic support that's building for him.

The city of Bell will launch an online tool today that allows the public to track its finances, reports the Los Angeles Times. "In Bell, reformers have been calling for financial transparency since the town was engulfed in scandal three years ago, when eight municipal leaders were accused of drawing huge salaries, collecting generous benefits and even lending city money," per The Times.



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