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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1998
I'd like to thank the voters in Ventura County for participating in this year's elections. No matter which candidates you supported, I salute your efforts in the election process. My deepest appreciation goes to my wife and all who encouraged, endorsed and worked on my campaign for county assessor. I greatly appreciate your confidence as voters and will work hard to see that you are not disappointed. I have begun meeting with Glenn Gray, our retiring assessor, and his staff, We are aggressively pursuing a plan of action to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and to carefully develop a strategy that will guide a wise and efficient course of action.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1998
JAMES S. BONE An accountant from Mission Viejo, Bone has written several books on property taxation. He also has served as a consultant on property tax and assessment appeals for homeowners. * Party: Republican * Age: 57 * Residence: Mission Viejo * Education: Bachelor's in accounting, San Diego State University, 1965; master's in business administration, U.S. International University, 1971. * Career highlights: Opened accounting firm in 1976. Member, Assessment Appeals Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2000
The job of assessor, even in Los Angeles County, is not a politically glamorous steppingstone job. And thank goodness for that. The 16 candidates for the nonpartisan job are for the most part serious civil servants and/or real estate experts. Of these, interim incumbent Rick Auerbach is the standout. Auerbach, 52, has 30 years of experience in appraisal and management in the assessor's office. He was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in February after Kenneth P. Hahn retired as assessor.
REAL ESTATE
October 21, 1990
Attorney Janice Fogg stated in "Trading Down May Boost Value" (Letters, Sept. 30), ". . . an increase in property taxes can be avoided by filing a claim with the assessor's office under Proposition 60. . . ." Legally that's sound advice. However, senior citizens who qualify may be faced with the assessor's total disregard. For example, more than two years ago, this reader qualified for Proposition 60 tax benefits. Following innumerable telephone calls, personal visits and certified mail to the assessor's office, the only response was last June when I received an election folder stating the great job accomplished by the tax assessor.
OPINION
February 22, 2002
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who is running for a fourth term, describes herself as a "fairly opinionated" person--a self-assessment that supporters would translate as confident and energetic and critics as in-your-face and cranky. Molina admits that her style is "not one that creates comfort" and prides herself in not playing the game of politics, especially if politics means compromise.
REAL ESTATE
February 24, 1991
"Re-Assessing When Home Prices Fall" by Jeanne Boyer (Feb. 3) was a mostly accurate and informative treatment of a complex issue. I want to clarify a few of the more elusive aspects of the article. If property owners believe the total assessed value on their current property tax bill is greater than what comparable properties are selling for in their neighborhoods, they should supply the Los Angeles County Assessor's Department with facts in writing. We'd appreciate at least three such examples.
OPINION
January 6, 2013
An audit of the L.A. County assessor's office delivers mostly common-sense recommendations to address the bribery controversy. The recommendations of a new audit of the Los Angeles County assessor's office are a responsible, if somewhat depressing, reaction to the controversy that has embroiled that department for months. Its top official, John Noguez, has been arrested and charged with accepting bribes from a tax consultant who was seeking reduced assessments for his client's properties, a charge that, as the audit notes, creates the impression that "the property tax system in Los Angeles County is being gamed by politically connected taxpayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY
The Los Angeles County assessor's office will open a regional office today in Sylmar. Chief Deputy Assessor Gary Townsend said the office will house assessors and appraisers from the Chatsworth and Van Nuys locations, which will close down when the Sylmar office opens. "For the average person, you will be able to get what you need, such as [property] ownership information, at the satellite offices," Townsend said. "You can really get most of what you want done over the phone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2000 | SARAH TORRIBIO-BOND
The new district office of the county assessor, the first in years in the San Fernando Valley, will hold its grand opening ceremony today in Sylmar. Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach said the office, which has been in operation since April, makes it easier for Valley residents to gain information about property values and ownership, besides providing access to maps commonly used by real estate professionals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1986
Alexander Pope has no reversed himself again. Pope once said the assessor should be appointed, now he says the assessor should be elected. Where does Pope really stand. His last statement was that the county assessor should be elected in order to protect us taxpayers. If Pope is concerned for us taxpayers, they why is he abandoning us? Why is he running once again for another elective position? Why does he not stay in the position of trust to which we elected him? I must admit it is becoming more and more difficult to understand exactly what Pope stands for, or what he wants to do in public office.
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