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L.A. Now Live: Discuss the corruption probe of Assessor John Noguez

November 13, 2012 |  7:59 am

Times investigative reporter Jack Dolan will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the latest developments in the influence-peddling investigation of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez.

Dolan and staff writer Ruben Vives reported that when Noguez ran for assessor in 2010, large donations started pouring into his City Council account in Huntington Park.

More than $100,000 flowed through the account that year, mostly from downtown Los Angeles business owners. Only one $250 donation came from a Huntington Park address, records show.

Within months of Noguez's election, he and his top aides knocked at least $36 million off the assessed values of properties owned by donors to that Huntington Park fund, a Times investigation has found. Those reductions lowered the donors' property taxes and prompted the county to write tax refund checks worth more than $557,000 to them in the first year of Noguez's term.

The list of donors to the Huntington Park account offers new leads for investigators probing corruption in the assessor's office. Noguez is now in jail after his arrest last month on charges that he took $185,000 in bribes from a prominent tax consultant and campaign contributor to lower taxes for properties on the Westside and in the South Bay.