21 Aug 2014
77° Clear
Patch Instagram photo by legallyblonde27
Patch Instagram photo by legallyblonde27
Patch Instagram photo by ermyceap
Patch Instagram photo by taratesimu
Patch Instagram photo by taratesimu
Patch Instagram photo by lilyava299
Patch Instagram photo by _mollfairhurst
Patch Instagram photo by thecontemporaryhannah
Patch Instagram photo by lucyketch

Board of Supervisors Could Replace L.A. County Assessor

Officials have called for John Noguez's resignation following allegations his office reduced property values in Beverly Hills and elsewhere in exchange for campaign contributions.

Board of Supervisors Could Replace L.A. County Assessor

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors confirmed this week that it has the authority to appoint a new assessor if John Noguez resigns, is recalled or is convicted of malfeasance.

District Attorney Steve Cooley and other officials have  in the face of allegations that his office reduced the assessed value of properties in Beverly Hills and elsewhere in exchange for campaign contributions.

However, the board put off any action on a proposed ballot initiative that would gauge voter interest in making the job an appointed position, rather than an elected one.

Because Noguez is an elected official, the board has no authority to fire him. He has and shown no indication that he would resign.

An indictment without a conviction would not constitute a vacancy, but if Noguez were to stop fulfilling the duties of his office for three months, the board would have the right to appoint a replacement. The appointee would serve until a new assessor could be elected.

Board Supervisor Mike Antonovich suggested that county lawyers prepare a resolution for the November ballot asking voters if they wanted to amend the state constitution and county charter to make the assessor's office an appointed post. When the question was last put to voters in 1986, about 85 percent rejected it.

The board postponed discussion of Antonovich's recommendation for two weeks.

One arrest has been made in the criminal probe relating to the unlawful reduction of some L.A. County property values. Scott Schenter, 49, an appraiser who worked in the Assessor's Office from 1988 to 2011, was arrested May 21 and charged with 60 felony counts of falsifying accounts and records.

He allegedly slashed property values by about $172 million to lower tax bills for owners of multimillion-dollar homes, condominiums and businesses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades in exchange for political contributions for Noguez.

If convicted, Schenter could face up to 33 years in prison.

Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter and "Like" us on  Facebook.

Share This Article