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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wendy Watch: "The John Noguez Meeting"

What can happen when an Absent Villar Greuel City Controller, meets with a Corrupt LA County Assessor John Noguez?

** Blogger's note: With no apologies to the Mayoral Candidate Villar Greuel, we bring you today's installment of "Wendy Watch" via the Kevin James Campaign. Today's edition highlights a past encounter between the lady of paper thin audits and the man of devalue property taxes (for campaign contributions)---Scott Johnson.

Money Makes the World Go Round...

Dear Friends,
     If it’s true what they say about birds of a feather flock together, then that would explain the close relationship between Wendy Greuel and John Noguez. As Controller, Wendy’s job is to follow the money, if there was ever evidence that she did so, just look at her calendar.
Where money flows, Wendy goes…and money makes the world go round- just ask Liza and Joel (or Wendy and John)!
Jeff Corless
Campaign Manager
James for Mayor

Date: Mon Jan 23, 2012

     7:30am Meeting with John Noguez, County Assessor
                    Where: Farmer Boys (Donor, 07', 08')

     1:00pm (DOWNTOWN) Coffee with Renata Simril 
                    Where: Checkers  (Donor, $1,300.00 12-14-12)  

     2:00pm (DOWNTOWN) Meeting with Ira Handelman & Matthew Aleksich
                    Where: Checkers (Lobbyist and Donor since 01')

     4:00pm (DOWNTOWN) Meeting with Robert Mulder & Ruben Guerra, LBA
                    Staff: Marisol (Donor, $500.00 12-15-11, $500.00 8-30-12)
Here's The Rub Part 1:  John Noguez is the Los Angeles County Accessor who was arrested this past October on 24 felony counts including bribery, conspiracy, and misappropriation of public funds that cost the County more than $1 million in property tax revenue. John Noguez also donated to both Wendy Greuel's City Council campaign in 2007, as well as her Controller campaign in 2008. Wendy Greuel also endorsed Noguez for County Assessor in 2010.
Question: Why is Wendy Greuel, the chief fiscal watchdog of the city, meeting with Noguez just months before his arrest? What did she know and when did she know it? Was Noguez a psuedo-advisor to Controller Greuel on how to manage city funds?
Here's The Rub Part 2: In a three hour span, during the Controller's office hours, Wendy Greuel met with three different donors who have either donated to her campaign or donated after she met with them.
Question: Are the taxpaying citizen of Los Angeles paying Wendy Greuel's nearly $200,000 salary so she can fundraise for her mayoral campaign? 
Here's The Rub Part 3: It has become standard practice for Wendy to assign her taxpayer funded Controller's office staff to campaign and fundraising events. According to the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission Ordinance number 172891 Section 49.5.5 
  1. "No City official or employee of an agency shall engage in campaign-related activities, such as fundraising, the development of electronic or written materials, or research, for a campaign for any elective office or ballot measure: "
Question: Why does Wendy Greuel continue to staff her Controller employees at campaign events?
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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