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Corruption in Southeast L.A.: A Times-Google+ hangout at noon PST

The Times will host a Google+ hangout at noon Friday to discuss allegations of corruption in Southeast Los Angeles County.

Officials in the small town of Cudahy, according to federal prosecutors, took part in brazen and widespread corruption, including accepting cash bribes hidden in a shoe box, abusing drugs at City Hall and throwing out absentee ballots that favored election challengers.

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In nearby Vernon, officials this week took the highly unusual step of changing the city's election rules during the middle of a disputed City Council race in a move that L.A. County's registrar of voters said could undermine the election process.

Times reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Sam Allen will discuss both cases and the culture of corruption that plagues Southeast L.A. County, which is also where the Bell scandal broke.

We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or onto The Times’ Facebook and Google Plus pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.

ALSO:

Feds detail scale of graft in Cudahy

Vernon changes election rules amid council vote controversy

Corruption, drug allegations at Cudahy City Hall anger residents

 
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