John Noguez

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John R. Noguez
Los Angeles County Assessor
In office
6 December 2010 – 2014
Preceded byRobert Quon
Succeeded byJeffrey Prang
Majority999,393 (59.59%)
Mayor of Huntington Park
In office
March 2004 – March 2007
Member of the Huntington Park City Council
In office
March 2003 – 6 December 2010
Personal details
Born
Juan Renaldo Rodriguez

November 29, 1964 (1964-11-29) (age 54)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Lilliana Guerrero (m. 2001)
ResidenceHuntington Park, California
Alma materRoosevelt High School
CSU Los Angeles
Other names
  • John Noguez
  • Juan R. Noguez
  • Juan Renaldo Rodriguez Noguez
  • Juan Reynaldo Rodriguez

John Noguez (born Juan Renaldo Rodriguez on November 29, 1964) is a Mexican American politician and a former Los Angeles County Assessor, currently under indictment on corruption charges relating to his term.

Early life and education[edit]

Noguez was born on November 29, 1964 at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Hollywood, California, to Jesus Rodriguez and Carmen Anaya, immigrants from Mexico.[1][2] His father Jesus is from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco while his mother is from Michoacán.[3]

Although his birth name is Juan Renaldo Rodriguez, he uses a number of aliases including Juan R. Noguez, John R. Noguez, and Juan Reynaldo Rodriguez Noguez.[2] The surname Noguez reportedly comes from his mother, whose full name is Maria Carmen Anaya-Noguez.[1] In traditional Spanish naming customs, the maternal surname follows the paternal surname, often hyphenated in Anglophone countries.

For the first 6 years of his life, Noguez was raised in Michoacan, Mexico.[3] Noguez spent the rest of his formative years in Boyle Heights and attended Roosevelt High School.[4] He went on to study at the California State University, Los Angeles' School of Finance, concentrating on real estate studies.[4] However, Noguez dropped out of the university, 3 classes shy of a bachelor's degree.[5] He holds an Advanced Appraiser Certificate from the California State Board of Equalization.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1985, he joined the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office as a student worker, eventually becoming an Appraiser Specialist for major properties.[6]

Noguez has held non-partisan leadership roles in government, including President of the League of California Cities' Los Angeles Division, as well as Secretary Treasurer of the California Contract Cities Association.[6]

Since 2000, Noguez has served in the City of Huntington Park government, as mayor, member of the City Council and as City Clerk.[6] Noguez was elected to the Huntington Park City Council in March 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and was the mayor in 2004 and 2006.[2][7][8]

In the November 2010 general election, Noguez was elected as the Los Angeles County Assessor, winning a majority of 999,393 (59.59% of votes) and defeating John Y. Wong.[9][10] During the campaign, Noguez secured the endorsements of 4 of the 5 incumbent LA County Supervisors and former Assessor Rick Auerbach and raised $1,000,000 in campaign donations.[10] During the election, the Los Angeles Times had officially endorsed Noguez's rival, John Wong, considering him to be apolitical, as compared to Noguez.[11]

Noguez took a leave of absence from June 2012 to December 2014 due to conspiracy and corruption charges.[12] He was replaced as County Assessor on December 1, 2014.[12]

Corruption scandal[edit]

On January 4, 2011, Owen Harris, a Supervising Appraiser, at the LA County Assessor's office, spotted discrepancies in property assessments of affluent homes setting off a Los Angeles County District Attorney-led investigation into possible corruption within the office.[13] The Los Angeles District Attorney's office searched a dozen locations, including the homes of Noguez and associates, following allegations that Noguez had peddled his influence to secure tax reductions for his campaign contributor's clients.[14] In May 2012, an employee was arrested on 60 felony counts for lowering the property tax rates by $172 million for homeowners in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades in exchange for contributions to Noguez's campaign.[15][16]

Noguez began an indefinite paid leave of absence in June 2012 amid ongoing investigations.[17] On June 12, 2012, Santos Kreimann, a civil servant of 20 years, was selected to fill in the vacant role as County Assessor.[18]

On October 17, 2012, Noguez was arrested on 44 counts of conspiracy, bribery and corruption, with bail set at $1.36 million.[19] Also arrested were Mark McNeil, one of Noguez's chief appraisers and Ramin Salari, a campaign contributor and Arizona tax consultant.[19] Between February and September 2010, Noguez allegedly accepted $185,000 from Salari and used his influence to lower the appraised property values for Salari's clients, to help the clients save an approximate total of $1.16 million in property taxes.[19] Improper tax breaks were granted to more than 100 Westside property owners.[20]

Despite calls for his resignation by LA County officials,[21][22], Noguez continued to receive an annual salary because he had not been convicted.[23]

Following an election in November 2014, Noquez was replaced as County Assessor by Jeffrey Prang.[12] As of May 2017, Noguez had not been tried and remained free on bail.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Noguez is openly gay, but has been legally married to Lilliana Guerrero, a woman, since 2001.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Court Exhibits" (PDF). Various sources. KNBC-LA. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Anderson, Jeffrey (7 February 2007). "Name Game in Huntington Park". LA Weekly. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b Terrazas, Conrado. "Interview with Juan Noguez, Mayor of Huntington Park". Adelante Magazine. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Assessor John R. Noguez". Office of the Assessor, County of Los Angeles. December 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  5. ^ Lin, Rong-Gong (10 October 2010). "Real estate veterans face off in assessor's race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "ABOUT JOHN NOGUEZ". Assessor John Noguez Officeholder. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Huntington Park Mayor & City Council". City of Huntington Park. 26 May 2004. Archived from the original on 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  8. ^ "City Council". Huntington Park City Hall. 2006. Archived from the original on 6 October 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Assessor". Final Official Election Returns. County of Los Angeles Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  10. ^ a b Lin, Rong-Gong (4 November 2010). "John R. Noguez easily wins race for L.A. County assessor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  11. ^ "John Y. Wong for L.A. County assessor". Los Angeles Times. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  12. ^ a b c Smith, Dakota (December 1, 2014). "Jeffrey Prang sworn in as Los Angeles County Assessor". L.A. Daily News. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  13. ^ Maddaus, Gene (April 19, 2012). "The Scandal Roiling the L.A. County Assessor's Office Suggests Your Tax Bill Is All About Who You Know, and How Much You've Donated to Assessor John Noguez". LA Weekly. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  14. ^ Dolan, Jack; Ruben Vives (26 April 2012). "Raids expand probe of assessor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  15. ^ Peschiutta, Claudia (21 May 2012). "Ex-LA County Appraiser Arrested For Allegedly Lowering Property Values". CBS. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  16. ^ Vives, Ruben (26 May 2012). "Former L.A. County appraiser is arraigned". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  17. ^ Dolan, Jack; Ruben Vives (1 June 2012). "L.A. County assessor takes leave amid probe of his office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  18. ^ Song, Jason; Jack Dolan (13 June 1012). "L.A. County official nominated to fill John Noguez's post". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  19. ^ a b c Deutsch, Linda (17 October 2012). "John Noguez Arrested: LA County Assessor Caught Up In Corruption Case". Associated Press. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  20. ^ "Assessor John Noguez, associates face at least 32 criminal charges". Los Angeles Times. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  21. ^ Villacorte, Christina; Brian Charles (17 October 2012). "L.A. County Assessor John Noguez arrested in property-tax corruption probe". LA Daily News. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  22. ^ Hahn, Kenneth P. (19 October 2012). "Letters: Resign, John Noguez". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  23. ^ Sewell, Abby (July 22, 2016). "Four years after his arrest, former L.A. County Assessor John Noguez still hasn't had his day in court". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  24. ^ Elmahrek, Adam (May 15, 2017). "John Noguez, ex-assessor accused of corruption, reemerges to support Huntington Park mini-mart proposal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  25. ^ Villaconte, Christina (22 October 2012). "Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez staying in jail". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  26. ^ Maddaus, Gene (October 22, 2012). "Assessor John Noguez To Stay Behind Bars; Accused Of Leading A "Double Life"". LA Weekly. Retrieved 16 June 2017.

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