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Maven's Morning Coffee: investigation into county assessments expands, city attorney looks to pay off campaign debt

County investigators are expanding their probe into wrongdoing in the county assessor's office.
County investigators are expanding their probe into wrongdoing in the county assessor's office.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A former county appraiser who allegedly lowered tax assessments may have been doing so for as long as a decade, reports the Los Angeles Times. District Attorney Steve Cooley has called Scott Schenter's alleged crimes "almost inconceivable ... We believe his actions were not isolated."

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has $112,000 in unpaid bills from his run for district attorney, according to the Los Angeles Times. Those bills are from his former campaign manager for television ads that ran in the final weeks of the campaign. Trutanich is disputing the charges.

State Controller John Chiang has endorsed Alex De Ocampo for Los Angeles City Council in the Thirteenth District, according to his campaign.

The Department of Water and Power is working to make 6,000 homes more energy efficient, according to the Daily News. The effort is part of RePower L.A., a campaign backed by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend a memorial service for actress Lupe Ontiveros in Pico Rivera at 10 a.m. In the afternoon, the mayor will visit the Real Madrid Football Club at UCLA.


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


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