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L.A. Now Live: A daily conversation with The Times newsroom

May 22, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times reporters Andrew Blankstein will join City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about a gardener for the city of Los Angeles who was arrested for allegedly selling thousands of dollars of city-owned gasoline on the black market.

Michael Lee, a 12-year veteran of the Recreation and Parks Department, was arrested Monday along with another man who police say worked with him to steal the fuel. 

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday and questions can be submitted live.

Times reporter Abby Sewell will also join the chat to discuss the latest on the former Los Angeles Trade Tech college foundation official, who spent tens of thousands of dollars in foundation money intended to help needy students on golf outings and restaurant meals.  

An audit released Monday found that nearly $100,000 in checks made out the former foundation official, Rhea Chung, appear to have been forged.