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Supervisor calls on embattled Noguez to resign

May 22, 2012 |  5:59 pm

L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich

A Los Angeles County supervisor called Tuesday for Assessor John Noguez to resign.

Michael D. Antonovich said in an interview last week that Noguez should step down if he was found to be breaking the law, but on Tuesday he said the assessor should resign.

Scott Schenter, a former county property appraiser, was arrested Monday in Oregon for allegedly falsifiying department documents and unlawfully lowering property values by $172 million for multimillion-dollar homes and businesses. Schenter allegedly secured campaign contributions from the owners for Noguez, authorities said.

"It is an appropriate time to call for [Noguez's] replacement," said Tony Bell, an Antonovich spokesman.

L.A. County Dist. Atty Steve Cooley also said last week that Noguez should resign. 

The other four supervisors have either declined to comment on Noguez or stopped short of calling for his resignation. Antonovich was the only supervisor who didn't endorse Noguez when he ran for election in 2010.

Antonovich also said Tuesday that he would call for a November ballot measure to ask voters whether the assessor's post should be an elected or appointed one. He also asked county lawyers to study how supervisors could appoint an interim assessor if Noguez resigns.

Noguez has said he has done nothing wrong and does not plan to resign.

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--Jason Song and Ari Bloomekatz at the County Hall of Administration 

Photo: Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Credit: L.A. Times

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