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ASSESSOR NOGUEZ, TWO OTHERS ARRESTED sleeping shorts and a t-shirt. After being allowed to change clothes, the Assessor of the nation’s largest property tax collecting agency was handcuffed, and escorted to the back seat of an unmarked Sheriff’s car. Noguez was taken to a County jail facility in Downtown Los
LCCN Investigation Culminates With Arrests By Randy Economy and Brian Hews email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil were arrested on Wednesday in a massive political corruption scheme District Attorney Steve Cooley called the “biggest political corruption case” in the forty years as a professional criminal prosecutor. Noguez, Mc Neil and Salari are being accused of engaging in an elaborate and complex conspiracy to slash property values and save millions in property taxes to help Salari’s clients. Los Cerritos Community
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Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and other key prosecutors respond to a question from LCCN Reporter Randy Economy at Wednesday's Press Conference after the arrest of Noguez, Salari, and McNeil. Newspaper was the first media outlet in Southern California to disclose information about the “pay-to-play” scheme. Cooley said the arrests and charges are part of a continuing investigation into public corruption at the Assessor’s Office. Noguez, who announced he would take a leave of absence
in June, returned to work briefly before going out on an indefinite medical leave. When members of the District Attorney’s Office of Public Integrity went to the Olive Street home of Noguez in Huntington Park to arrest him early Wednesday morning, Noguez answered the front door wearing a pair of
real life version of the hit cable television series is being played out in the middle of Artesia has City Council members on one side of a complex issue, and influential Catholic priests, parishioners and local area residents on the other side. Artesia is one of several local municipalities who are in tight fiscal problems due to tough economic times. Now, tempers are have reached a boiling point as both sides find themselves in a battle over the use of 120 plus public parking spaces at Artesia Park that is located on Clarkdale Avenue between 183rd Street and South Street.
On both Saturday and Sunday, thousands of local Artesia, Cerritos, and Hawaiian Gardens residents who attended Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church were greeted with a stern message from their priest, Fr. Raymond Decipeda, who decried last week’s city council decision that calls for a stern crack down on those in his congregation who utilized parking spaces in the taxpayer owned parking lot that is located literally feet from the entrance of the local iconic landmark church. Fr. Raymond told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in an interview that he was “taken back by the harsh tone” and “aggressive nature” from city coun-
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Angeles where he was fingerprinted, had his mug shot taken, processed, and then lead to a private jail cell. Within an hour of the Noguez arrest, both Mc Neil, and Salari were handcuffed and taken into custody at two other locations in Los Angeles County. McNeil at his home in the Venice area, and Salari at his multi-million dollar mansion in the San Fernando
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JUAN REYNALDO RODRIGUEZ aka: John Noguez 13 Counts of Embezzlement 5 Counts of Perjury 4 Counts of Soliciting Bribes 2 Counts of Conspiracy to Misappropriate Funds
RAMIN SALARI 13 Counts of Embezzlement 8 Counts of Bribing an Executive Officer 2 Counts of Conspiracy
MARK McNEIL 13 Counts of Embezzlement 2 Counts of Conspiracy to Misappropriate Funds
LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Over 50 Investigative Articles Published Over 3,000 Interviews Conducted With Sources Over 3,000 Emails Obtained Between Noguez, Salari, and Property Tax Agents, Assessor Staff 139 Visits to the LA County Hall of Administration, LA County Government Offices
Cerritos Council Votes Against Second Goodwill Store
‘Parking Lot War’ Erupts Between Artesia Council, Holy Family Church By Randy Economy
Cooley: “Biggest Political Corruption Case In County History”
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n one of the most heated meetings in recent memory, the Cerritos City Council voted down a plan that would have brought a second Goodwill Thrift Store to the east side neighborhood shopping complex which has been left half vacant for the past three years. Voting to shelve the plan was Cerritos Mayor Jim Edwards, Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows, Councilman Joseph Cho and Councilwoman Carol Chen. The lone supporter of the project was Councilman Mark Pulido. More than 200 opponents of the project attended the Oct. 11
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meeting, many of them carrying protest signs against the project that read “No Second Goodwill Store in Cerritos,” and “Goodwill Stores Bring Crime to Communities.” Richard Lee, one of more than 30 residents who spoke in opposition to the project, presented a petition signed by Cerritos residents who lived in the immediate area where the store was to be located at the corner of Artesia Boulevard and Carmenita Road. “We have 1,031 Cerritos families who live near this proposed store who have signed this petition demanding that you, our elected city leaders reject this poorly planned project,” Lee said. Another one of the nearly 30
residents to speak out against the proposal, Christine Nguyen stressed the city of Cerritos “would receive no sales tax revenue” to its coffers since “Goodwill is considered to be a charity.” “Goodwill Industries made $4 billion last year in profits. For them to call themselves a nonprofit business is a lie. Goodwill Industries is all about big business, and no one else wins except for Goodwill,” Nguyen said. Joyce Corrigan, a resident on the east side of Cerritos “since the cows were here,” said “my neighbors feel this isn’t the best place for Goodwill.” Corrigan said “I don’t want a place that looks like a jail; I would rather
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Artesia Council Denies Church Parking Variance By Rico Dizon
Photo by Rico Dizon Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, State Senator Alan Lowenthal, State, Former Cerritos Mayors Laura Lee and Joseph Cho, members of the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club and local city officials greeted more than 300 guests who gathered at Cerritos Park East Oct. 12 to support Democratic victories in November.
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ore than 300 Democratic activists and friends gathered at Cerritos Park East on, Oct. 12 to support President Barack Obama and Democratic victories throughout Southeast Los Angeles County. The event was sponsored and hosted by former Cerritos Mayors Joseph Cho, PhD and Laura Lee, the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club, and elected officials from the surrounding cities of Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood and Norwalk. Artesia councilman Victor Manalo welcomed those who attended and said that only at a Democratic event could they see such diversity in the room. Many ethnic groups were represented including Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Indian, Pakistani, Latino and African American. Former Cerritos Mayor Laura Lee spoke about the difference in philosophy between the two major political parties and said, “It is important for all of us in this room to work hard to support our candidates and officials so that we have many Democratic victories on Nov. 6.” States Senator Alan Lowenthal, Assemblymember Tony Mendoza, and Assembly candidates Ian Calderon (AD57), and Cristina Garcia (AD58), echoed Lee’s remarks and Gary Guthman, representative of AFSCME 36 urged NO on 32. Keynote Speaker, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez fired up the group with her speech and warnings of more problems if the Republicans were to take over the
White House or Congress. “Let us not forget how we got into this economic crisis in the first place, and the Republicans want us to go back to those same policies again. We have already tried them in the past, and they don’t work!” Sanchez reminded many of the business people in the room that the Republican Party says it is for business. “And it is, but only for big business and the corporations—not small business owners such as yourselves!” Sanchez encouraged everyone to get their friends and family out to the polls and vote. Artesia Councilman Manalo and Cerritos Commissioner Cindy Yen Chen introduced the local officials from surrounding cities including Artesia council members Miguel Canales and Tony Lima, Cerritos Councilman Mark Pulido, Hawaiian Gardens Mayor Pro Tem Victor Farfan, Lakewood Councilman Steve Croft, La Palma councilman Ralph Rodriguez and Norwalk councilman Marcel Rodarte. Guests included State Assembly Candidates Ian Caldron and Cristina Garcia, Host Committee members Artesia Councilmembers Miguel Canales, Tony Lima and Victor Manalo, Cerritos Councilman Mark Pulido, Hawaiian Gardens Mayor Pro Tem Victor Farfan, Lakewood Councilman Steve Croft, La Palma councilman Ralph Rodriguez, Norwalk councilman Marcel Rodarte and Event Committees members Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club members Mary Ann Tipton, Larry Caballero, Chris Duvali, and Beverly Porter, Cerritos Commissioner & Committee members Sultan Ahmad, Cindy Yen Chen, Sam Chu, Nick Kim, Kiyoung Ma and Richard Yu, Ph.D. and NKACOC Secretary Phil Ahn.
A Request by the Cerritos Presbyterian Church [CPC] for an off-street parking variance and modification to a Conditional Use Permit to convert an incidental gymnasium into a multi-purpose room for the property located at 11840 E. 178th St. was denied by the Artesia city council at its Oct. 8 meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Sally Flowers was absent. . Planning Director Okina Dor said the existing child care and youth educational center and gymnasium use were developed and approved by the City of Artesia in 2000 with low-impact uses on the surrounding residential neighborhood. In denying the request the council said approval of the variance would allow for a higher impact multi-purpose room use and would be inconsistent with the City’s original approval.” The council also noted granting of the variance for additional parking spaces
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The ABCUSD has much to be proud of. API scores for the ABC Unified School District rose from an average of 832 in 2010-11 to 848 based on the current enrollment of 20,976 students in the 30 District schools. Twenty ABC schools have met or exceeded the 800 API point score, up from the 18 schools last year. Schools with the highest scores included Leal Elementary (967), Carmenita Middle School (946), and Whitney High School (995). Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu noted that four out
of five of the District’s elementary school s are at or over the API mark of 800. Members of the school board have all expressed pride in the District’s teachers, noting that despite budget cuts and furlough days made in the last four years they have remained focused on teaching and learning, Dr. Sieu said,” In light of diminishing resources that all public schools are facing, it is incredible that ABC has been able to raise the student academic achievement the past five years.” Schools with the biggest API scores are: Niemes Elementary, +35; Burbank Elementary, +46; Fedde Middle School, +56; Artesia High School, +28; ABC Secondary, +73; Tracy High School, +104. One of the largest shifts took place at Fedde Middle School in Hawaiian Gardens, where the school’s API score improved from 685 to 741, an increase
partially aided by a $1.5 million School Improvement Grant received by Fedde three years ago. The grant has created important resources and opportunities for the students in terms of providing intervention and help during the regular school day or after school. Students can get help on Saturdays and during the summer. Other improvements made at elementary schools located in the city of Artesia include Niemes, Burbank and Elliot, all scoring over 800. Scores at Artesia High School (788) and Gahr High School (790) are now almost even, but the demographics at each school are different. Dr. Sieu said this is attributed to the fact that at Artesia, a focus was made on students, of which English is a second language and those with learning disabilities. Basically each school has different needs, but the
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Oct. 8–14, 2012 Robbery: A robbery was reported on the 12700 block of Valley View Ave. The incident is currently under investigation. Aggravated Assault: An assault was reported on the 13600 block of Duffield Ave. The incident is also currently under investigation. Residential Burglary: Three residential burglary incidents were reported last week. A burglary was reported on the 15200 block of Vanada Rd. It was determined that no entry was actually made. An incident was reported on the 13400 block of Fontwell Ct. A computer and ac-
cessories were stolen from the residence. A burglary was reported on the 14200 block of Whiterock Dr. Various items were taken from the residence. Vehicle Burglary: Six vehicle burglaries were reported last week. A burglary was reported on the 14300 block of Firestone Blvd. Various electronics were stolen from the vehicle. An incident was reported on the 14300 block of Rosecrans Ave. A car stereo was taken from the vehicle. A third row seat was reported stolen in a vehicle burglary on the 14300 block of Firestone Blvd. A window smash burglary occurred on the 15300 block of Fairhope Dr. A tote bag containing various items was stolen. Two separate vehicle burglaries were reported on the 14300 block of Firestone Blvd. Third row seats, electronics, and cash were taken from the vehicles.
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Oct. 8–14, 2012 There were 28 Part I felony investigations conducted by members of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station last week, up from 22 the week before. Increases were noted in robberies, commercial burglaries and vehicle burglaries. Residential burglaries declined and vehicle thefts remained the same. There were 277 calls for service handled by patrol personnel, down from 282 the previous reporting period. The new 2012 weekly average in calls for service is now 291. Two robberies were reported and both involved shoplifting incidents that escalated into physical contact. At 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 9 a loss prevention officer was attempting to detain a suspect at a retail store in the 11500 block of South Street when the suspect struggled in an attempt to flee. He was subdued and arrested. Just over an hour later another suspect fought with the same loss prevention officer while attempting to get away. He too was ultimately placed in custody. Residential burglaries dropped from seven to three last week. Two entries were made possible by open/unlocked doors or windows and a window was shattered in the third case. Cash, a safe, coins, jewelry, a camera and wallets were stolen. The 2012 weekly average in residential burglaries is now 4.9. We have previously mentioned that the residential burglar will try to enter the home with the least amount of effort. Leaving doors and windows open creates that effortless opportunity. In one case last week, a second story window was left open and was used as a point of entry. Regardless of where the door or window is located, make sure that you check and secure them prior to leaving the residence. Four commercial burglaries were logged last week, up from two the week before. Two school lockers were targeted for cell phones. A warehouse and a closed business were the other crime scenes where laptop computers were stolen. Two were recovered in the warehouse case. The 2012 weekly average in “other structure”/ commercial burglaries is 2.2. Vehicle burglaries rose from four to eight. Five occurred in high-volume commercial parking lots and two were SUVs. Cash, purses, a stereo, wallets, credit cards
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investigation business, said she did not “know what prompted Cristina to make this announcement” “It is not good to lie,” Kotze-Ramos said. “Did they not expect that this would eventually come out in the public light?”
Approximately 50 supporters of Cerritos Councilmember Carol Chen showed up at her Kickoff Re-election Campaign Rally held Oct. 13 at Shadow Park. Guest Speaker was Congressman Ed. Royce who said Chen had chaired every commission over a 14-year period leading to her election to the city council. She understands policy and the need to support business that in turn provides jobs. He urged her supporters to get out the vote and re-elect her to another four-year term.
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In a stunning announcement, Democratic State Assembly candidate Cristina Garcia admitted that she does not have a Doctoral degree from the University of Southern California less than one month before voters decide her fate at the ballot box. Garcia is in a tight November election campaign in the newly drawn 58th State Assembly District against Downey businesswoman Patricia Kotze-Ramos. Garcia has campaigned heavily on “cleaning up corruption” and for “open transparency in Sacramento.” Garcia told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in a statement on Thursday afternoon: “In my campaign literature for state assembly, I stated that I have a PhD from USC. While I have finished all of my course work, I technically am only a PhD candidate. I have yet to finish the final process of my PhD, which is defending my dissertation. I will fulfill that final responsibility in the near future.” “As such, I take full responsibility for using the term PhD instead of PhD candidate in my campaign literature. For that I humbly apologize and ask for the forgiveness and understanding of all the voters of the 58th Assembly District,” Garcia said. “The facts of the matter are these. In the fall of 2009, I completed all my required class work and took my qualifying exams to receive my PhD in Public Administration for the University of Southern California. I completed my dissertation in 2010. My dissertation included a more than one hundred pages thesis detailing social barriers that discourage volunteerism among women in the United States. Woman participating in public service is something near and dear to my heart,” she said. “It is the reason I decided to vigilantly participate in anti-corruption efforts throughout southeast Los Angeles County. I have included a copy of my transcript to provide documentation of these facts.” “Again, I ask forgiveness and understanding of all the voters of the 58th Assembly District. I remain dedicated to helping to provide the people I hope to serve with government that is transparent and ethical,” Garcia concluded. Kotze-Ramos, who is challenging Garcia for the newly created Assembly seat told LCCN, “I did know that Cristina lied about her credentials. I think it is commendable that she came forward to tell the truth. It is not the worst thing in the world. I am not into mudslinging. This campaign is about who is going to be the best representative for our community.” Kotze-Ramos, who oversees a private
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cil members, including comments made by Artesia Councilman Victor Manalo who actually serves as a Cantor, Reader and who plays an active role during Masses at Holy Family. During the public discussion of the matter last week Manalo tells members of the public that “on Saturday, I was accosted in the parking lot, I’m just kidding, but, the (Artesia-Cerritos) Lions Club had their high school kids out there at the entrances (at Artesia Park) because there was a Mass going on where the Bishop (The Most Reverend Jose Gomez, who oversees the entire Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese), so there was a lot of people coming to Church that morning, and they (the Lions Club) were worried that they had their pancake breakfast (put in jeopardy).” “The way we change this behavior is to start giving tickets, and we tell the Church, and this is my Church, so I will also tell them that they have to tell every singly Mass not to park over there or you’re going to get a ticket,” said Manalo. Manalo went on to say during the meeting “and I know they are all going to call me, and that’s okay, I’ll deal with it, that is something they need to know that we need for our users as well.” Theresa Prumatico, who is the President of the Artesia Cerritos Lions Club, told city officials that “people were flying in the parking lot to get to our event, but they (Parishioners at Holy Family) ignored the barricades, endangered the lives of our poor kids. In fact, they almost hit me several times. We put our children at risk because they have to monitor the main parking lot. They (Holy Family Church attendees) blatantly ran through the barricades. I went up to Manalo and asked ‘what
TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211 can I do about this, because that time they were trying to hit our poor kids.” Councilman Miguel Canales said he “urged the city council to explore the idea of charging for parking” during Holy Family’s upcoming annual October Fest that attracts thousands of attendees during the upcoming weekend of October 26-28. Fr. Raymond told LCCN that the “Oktoberfest” is the biggest fundraiser at the church each and every year. Canales said he believed that charging for parking at Artesia Park during the Holy Family Oktoberfest would “generate money” for the Artesia City Foundation. Canales said he advocates the installation of parking meters at the site. “I know that’s not going to go well,” Canales said. Councilman Tony Lima said he wanted to see if Artesia city staff members could “isolate the parking lot from the church.” Manalo then told Lima “if we ticket them, they will stop.” Mayor John Lyon said “we need to move forward with the signs, and have parking enforcement officers there during (Mass) times. If they walk away for the parking lot (at Artesia Park) and head to Holy Family he can holler at them and if they walk away they can get a ticket.” City Manager Maria Dadian told Lyon, “That will happen. I guarantee it.” Manalo continued by telling Dadian “if the church is going to be impacted by this, we should send out a letter to the church and let them know that this is the direction of the city council and that cars will be ticketed and you better start letting people know.” Dadian then tells Manalo, “they (Holy Family officials) were made aware that you were going to have this discussion tonight at this meeting, and that there was a representative here earlier, but the left.” Dadian concluded the discussion by commenting “it is very obvious who is go-
TO ADVERTISE CALL 800-901-7211 ing into City Hall and who is going into the Church. I have seen (Holy Family Church) members even park at city hall in our parking lot.” Earlier Tuesday morning, Manalo told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in an email “I had a meeting this afternoon with Fr. Raymond and two members of his administrative staff. I listened to their concerns about the impact of the council's decision regarding the parking lot of the Artesia Community Center, and I was able to share my rationale for my decision. I am happy to report that we have pledged to work together to ensure that Holy Family's concerns are adequately addressed.”
Continued from page 1 have the cows back instead.” Jonathan Doty, who oversees the ownership of the property site tried to assure the angry crowd that “it would not look like a jail. We have complied with all of the concerns of the residents and from the Cerritos planning staff.” Doty also pointed out that the plan would have included nearly 7,000 square feet of landscaping and that a proposed donation drop off site would not be included in the plan. Cerritos resident Charles Joslin, who has lived in the neighborhood for five year’s said that he supports Goodwill, but “they haven’t been a perfect steward on this particular project.” “There will be transients, and lots of dumping of used goods in the entire parking lot, and none of us deserve having to be subjected to this type of potential harm and abuse,” Joslin said. One of the most vocal opponents to the project was Cerritos resident Shaileish Patel who lashed out at Pulido by stating “Mr. Pulido, did you promise these peo-
www.HewsMediaGroup.com ple from Beverly Hills that you could get them a Goodwill Store here in Cerritos? We want the truth,” Patel said. Pulido said he took “great personal offense” from neighbor’s whom he said made “personal threats against my character here tonight.” “I live here. I plan to die here. This is Democracy at play. My views align with hundreds of friends of mine. We have to live with ourselves. I grew up in a family that wasn’t affluent. I take my family to Goodwill, I shop at Goodwill,” said Pulido. Pulido also vehemently lashed out at the many residents who had spoke out against his support of the proposed store. “I take exception to your threats. This is politics. I recognize this. You need to respect me,” Pulido said. Cerritos Mayor Pro-Tem Bruce Barrows said he opposed the project because “it was the wrong fit for the community.” Councilwoman Carol Chen said that “the City Council appreciates the voices of the community. I am glad to see the property owner wanting to get a tenant into the shopping center. This particular project may not be suitable due to the close proximity where the neighbors live.” Councilman Joseph Cho, a previous supporter of the project said “I commend Goodwill to have made the modifications, and for holding two open houses for the community to visit the inside of the store. I support diversity of all people. Residents have concerns about this in their neighborhood. I feel no obligation to Goodwill, so I will not support this.” Cerritos Mayor Jim Edwards ended the discussion by adding, “this has been a long night. I exclusively give to Vietnam Vets organizations. We don’t like to be threatened by residents. After eight years of hearing threats, I vote for the things you asked me to do. This project is not located in the right place.”
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Continued from page 1 Valley. All are being held on bails of at least $1.1 to $1.3 million. They are expected to appear in Division 30 of at the Claire Shortridge Justice Building on Friday. Los Cerritos Community Newspaper will be present during the appearance. “Los Angeles County voters and taxpayers deserve honest, hardworking elected and appointed officials who will serve the best interests of the people,” Dist. Atty. Cooley said during a press conference Wednesday. “Residents must have confidence that their government is not for sale to the highest bidder or the highest briber.” Cooley reminded members of the media on Wednesday that “his real name is Juan Renaldo Rodriguez.” “Even his name John Noguez is a lie,” Cooley said. Salari, the flashy tax consultant and campaign contributor to Noguez, was arrested at a residence in Encino by D.A. investigators. The 49-year-old is being held on $1.36 million bail. All of Salari’s financial assets were frozen on Wednesday as well, Cooley said. McNeil, a principal assessor promoted by Noguez to head the Major Appraisal Division, was arrested at his home in West Los Angeles by D.A. investigators. The 54-year-old is being held on $1.16 million bail. The complaint’s Overt Acts allege that Noguez accepted $185,000 in bribes from Salari between February and September, 2010. Noguez also received a list of properties represented by Salari. Soon after receiving the checks and the list, Noguez’ chief appraiser, McNeil, appeared at hearings and reduced the as-
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Brian Hews, Publisher of Los Cerritos Community Newspaper reviews the formal indictment document of Los Angeles County Assessor Juan Reynaldo Rodriguez (aka: John R. Noguez) with an member of the Fox News Investigations Unit. sessed value on numerous properties, including the Old Spaghetti Factory, and properties in Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Torrance and Los Angeles. The complaint also alleges Noguez also told appraiser Scott Schenter to “take care of our buddy Ramin,” and, “We have to take care of our donors.” Schenter was charged previously in a separate complaint. Noguez is charged with 24 felony counts, including four counts of accepting bribes; five counts of perjury, two counts of conspiracy; and 13 counts of misappropriation by a public officer. The complaint alleges the fraud and embezzlement exceeds $500,000. Salari is charged with 23 felony counts, including eight counts of bribing an executive officer; two counts of conspiracy; and 13 counts of misappropriation. In addition to allegedly bribing Noguez, Salari is charged with four counts of paying appraiser Scott Schenter $100,000 in bribes. McNeil is charged with 14 felony
counts, including one count of conspiracy and 13 counts of misappropriation by a public officer. Schenter, who worked from 1988 to early 2011 as a county appraiser, was charged in a separate complaint with allegedly slashing values on multi-million dollar homes, condos and businesses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. He allegedly secured campaign contributions from the owners of those homes and business for Noguez. Deputy District Attorneys Susan Schwartz and Michele Gilmer are prosecuting the case. If convicted as charged, Noguez faces up to 30 years, four months in state prison; Salari faces up to 29 years, four months in state prison; and McNeil faces up to 20 years, eight months in state prison. During the press announcement about the arrests, Cooley told LCCN that additional arrests are “pending.” “This criminal case is still evolving,” he said. Many sources tell LCCN that several
of Noguez past political donors, as well as campaign advisors are considered to be part of the massive probe. Court documents filed claim that Salari was listed as owning more than $3.3 million in assets, including property in Calabasas now in escrow, a new Ferrari worth $229,000, a Mercedes, BMW and Infiniti. "The chutzpah is way out there," Cooley said. "I've been with this office for nearly four decades," he added. "This particular case strikes me as the largest, most significant public corruption case in terms of county government during that time frame." Also in the indictment, the Los Angeles County Property Appeals Board reviewed nine different properties represented by Salari. Assessor Representative Roger Walls, who has not been arrested or charged but is named in the complaint, recommended an assessed value well below the value recommended by the testifying appraiser, according to the complaint. Noguez's lawyer, Michael Proctor told media members that the arrest “contradicts earlier promises” made by the Cooley office during the course of the investigation. "John Noguez has been given assurances by the District Attorney's Office that he would have the opportunity to tell his side of this controversy before any final charging decision was made," Proctor said in a statement Wednesday. "By arresting Mr. Noguez today, before honoring that commitment, the District Attorney's Office is communicating that this was not in fact a search for truth, but a one-sided, result-driven investigation aimed at `getting' Mr. Noguez." Cooley responded: “All Noguez has to do is waive his Miranda rights and I have plenty of prosecutors willing to talk to him."
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Cathy Barton and Dave Para Concert at Artesia Community Center Music lovers will have a special treat on Oct. 23 when Cathy Barton and Dave Para perform in Concert at Artesia Community Center, 18750 Clarkdale Avenue in Artesia, California, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Barton and Para are a wife and a husband who have been performing old time songs and tunes from Missouri and the Ozarks on guitar and banjo for many years. Tickets are available at the Artesia Community Center Park Office, or from Susan McCormick, for $15.00 each. Children under the age of 11 will receive free admission with paid adult tickets and there will be open seating. For purchasing tickets or for more information, contact the Artesia Community Center Park Office at 562-860-3361 or Susan McCormick at 714-826-9204.
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here were so many turning points in last Friday’s pivotal Suburban League football game between host Norwalk and Bellflower but the one that hurts the most is the one that ended the game. A holdAll Insurances/Medical • Se Habla Espanol • All Major Credit Cards ing call following a sack on fourth down Dr. Parul Panchal DDS gave new life to Bellflower and Swain WilGeneral & Cosmetic Dentistry liams tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to 15741 S. Woodruff Avenue, Suite A Andrew Gose in overtime to lift the BuccaBellflower, CA 90706 (562) 866-3400 neers to a 45-44 win on homecoming night. The Lancers had gone ahead 44-38 on a 14-yard run from senior fullback Malcom McAllister. But the two-point conversion was botched and images of last season’s game at Bellflower were beginning to come back. Norwalk lost to Bellflower 28-27 in overtime last season on a missed extra point, the second straight one-point overtime loss last season. After the McAllister touchdown, the Bucs had driven to the 11-yard line. But star running back Ryan Hunley was pushed back on consecutive plays. Then on fourth and 13 from the 14-yard line, McAllister appeared to have sacked Williams to end the game. But a late flag was thrown, giving new life to the Bucs. Following the game, Norwalk head coach Jesse Ceniceros was stunned as was the partisan crowd at Excelsior Sta13079 Artesia Blvd., Ste. B-104 dium. Cerritos, CA 90703 “It was a hell of a game but that was a bad 562.926.6066 call,” Ceniceros said. “I’m sorry. It’s fourth down and you’re going to call a holding call www.fidelityhearing.com in the end zone? He was sacked already and I saw the flag coming up. “There were referees who did a poor job today and I’m not going to take anything away from our kids because they played their hearts out,” he continued. “It’s getting bad because we’ve already had three weeks in a row where we’ve had poor [officiating].” Norwalk (6-2 overall, 2-2 in the league) had entered the game as the third ranked team in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section’s Southeast Division and the game was a match-up of the league’s top two running backs-Hunley and Norwalk junior Rashaad Penny. Those two didn’t disappoint as they combined for over 550 yards. TheSUITES Lancers took a 7-0 lead on their OPEN HOUSE OFFICE first play from scrimmage when Penny went around the right side, then cut back and went to theCA other side of the field where he jaunted CERRITOS, for a 55-yard score. 1 MONTH FREE RENT SPECIAL Then on Norwalk’s third play from SATURDAY scrimmage, Penny busted loose for a 91-yard run and nearly seven minutes in, SEPTEMBER touchdown 29, 2012 it was 14-0 and all signs pointed towards
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Norwalk sophomore Jacob Carr gets a grasp on Bellflower's Ryan Hunley in last Friday's Suburban League game. It was one of Carr's team-high seven and a half tackles. a Norwalk rout. But Gose returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards and that score was followed by a successful onside kick from Diego Sanchez. Two plays later, Hunley’s 35-yard run tied the game at 14-14. Bellflower again would successfully recover another onside kick but was held on downs. Norwalk gained 181 yards in the first quarter but had the ball for 3:20. “We were up 14-0 and it looked like it was going to be a blowout,” Ceniceros said. “Then they got some hope and they came back.” The Bucs took their first lead early in the second quarter as Hunley raced down the left sideline for an 84-yard score. But just over three minutes later, McAllister tied the
game at 21-21 on his seven-yard run. After Bellflower regained the lead, the first half ended when junior Jorge Perez booted a 43yard field goal. The Lancers took their second lead of the game on their first play of the second half when Penny took it to the house for an 82-yard run. That would be the only score by either team in the third quarter. Penny has now scored 19 touchdowns on the ground with five going for at least 55 yards. The lead would trade hands twice and after Penny picked off Williams deep in Bellflower territory, it looked as if the Lancers would ice the game. But with 3:02 re-
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ust two seasons ago, the Norwalk girls volleyball program had hit rock bottom, going 1-13 overall and finishing dead last in the Suburban League. But in 2012, the Lady Lancers aren’t just primed to go to the playoffs for the second straight season. If all of the cards fall into place, Norwalk could finish as high as second place, or at the very least third place, which hasn’t happened since 2001. This past Tuesday afternoon, Norwalk swept visiting John Glenn 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 to improve to 6-5 overall and 5-2 in the league. “I kind of played my reserves today,” said Norwalk first-year head coach Jesse Gonzalez. “I have strong four but I just figured I’ll play some of my subs.” Both teams traded points throughout the first rotation of the first set and when the score reached 9-7 in favor of Glenn, Gonzalez called a timeout but didn’t speak to his team. Instead, he made the players run sprints across the court. That didn’t seem to make much of a difference immediately as the Lady Eagles took a 12-7 lead on back to back kills from senior setter Gabby Cruz. Glenn’s lead reached 16-10 before it all fell apart. “It was just a form of waking them up,” Gonzalez said of the timeout. “They know what they’re supposed to do and they know what they’re capable of doing.” Following a kill from junior outside
Continued from page 12 maining in regulation, Penny fumbled and the Bucs got the ball at their own 30-yard line. Bellflower drove all the way to the Norwalk 24-yard line where Sanchez tied the game with a 41-yard field goal with 2.4 seconds left. Although Penny led everyone with 292 yards on 21 carries, it was the work of Hunley that frustrated the Norwalk defense. Hunley rushed for 264 yards on 44 carries while two other players combined for 26 yards on nine touches. “They had a good game plan and obviously he had some yards on us,” Ceniceros said. “We didn’t end up playing good today. You have to be able to win the big games and obviously we didn’t.” McAllister added 77 yards on 10 carries while senior wingback Bryan Sullivan
hitter Viviana Gomez, she served seven straight points with five aces. Glenn was able to tie the set three more times but kills from 5’ 9” senior middle blocker Michelle Macias, senior outside hitter Brenae Brown and 5’ 8” sophomore middle blocker Jazmin Guzman allowed Norwalk to steal the first set. “We don’t have a lot of hitters that kill the ball or that hit the ball real hard,” said Glenn head coach David Cruz. “So we don’t have anybody that we can rely on to get points. We’re fortunate that they serve into the net, which they did a lot. That’s the way we were getting our points and that’s the way we got our lead.” It was all Norwalk in the second set, racing to leads of 8-2 and 13-6. But after the Lady Eagles (1-11, 0-8) rallied to trail by a point at 16-15, a Guzman kill gave the serve to freshman defensive specialist Kathleen Perez, where she reeled off five straight points. The third set featured five ties in the early going before five straight points from Gomez put the Lady Lancers in front to stay. A kill from Glenn senior libero Jayme Leal made it 24-23 before junior setter Dayna Moreno’s kill capped off Norwalk’s second straight sweep and fifth of the season. Guzman and Macias led everyone with 14 kills followed by nine from Gomez and eight from Brown, giving Norwalk a formidable offensive attack that can go toe to toe against Cerritos and La Mirada within the final week of the regular season. Norwalk hosted first place Mayfair on Oct. 18 and will travel to Artesia on Tuesday and Cerritos on Thursday. The Cerritos match could likely decide third and fourth place. chipped in with 60 yards on eight carries. Penny also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jacquise Hooper midway through the fourth quarter. On defense, junior Aaron Armendarez and sophomore Jacob Carr each had seven and a half tackles. Norwalk’s offense ran two more plays and the number of carries Hunley had and the Lancers were on the field for just under 16 minutes. Norwalk will be off tonight before closing the regular season on Oct. 26 against its city rival John Glenn. The Lancers dropped to fourth place in the league with the top three getting automatic playoff berths. Norwalk will also get a forfeit victory over Cerritos and could end the regular season at 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the league. The Lancers still have an outside chance of becoming co-league champions or still second place outright. “This was a tough loss and it’s going to be tough for me to get over,” Ceniceros said.
Over the past 15 seasons, the best league mark for the Lady Lancers was 8-4 back in 1999. Two seasons later, they went 7-5 and three times since then, the best Norwalk did was 6-6. “We’re trying to do better than we did last year,” Gonzalez said. “I think we can get second. It just takes hard work at practice.” “They play excellent defense,” David Cruz said. “They don’t let anything fall. They move their feet. They’re excellent in serve receive and it seems like they have flawless fundamentals defensively. And, they have some girls who are aggressive and can put the ball away. I can see them beating Cerritos a second time.” The Lady Eagles, who are mired in their worst season in over 15 seasons, were led by senior outside hitter Denise Miranda (nine kills) and Cruz (six kills).They visit Mayfair on Tuesday and host Artesia on Thursday. Two seasons ago, Glenn went 3-15 overall and 2-10 in league. “I was frustrated about two weeks ago,” David Cruz said. “I’m pretty much over that. Against Cerritos [on Oct. 9] when I saw the [lack of] fight in our team…it kind of summarized our season. We find ways to lose a game and once we get down, there’s not a lot of fight in us to get back in the game.”
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CITY OF CERRITOS STATE OF CALIFORNIA NOTICE TO BIDDERS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF 183RD STREET IMPROVEMENTS, GRIDLEY ROAD TO PALO VERDE AVENUE PROJECT NO. 13055, BID NO. 1153-13 Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Cerritos, County of Los Angeles, State of California, hereby invites sealed bids for the following: “CONSTRUCTION OF 183RD STREET IMPROVEMENTS, GRIDLEY ROAD TO PALO VERDE AVENUE, PROJECT NO. 13055, BID NO. 1153-13.” The work or improvement to be performed generally consists of cold milling 2" of existing asphalt concrete (AC), crack sealing the existing AC, and construction of a 2" AC overlay. Additional improvements also include the removal & replacement of deficient curb & gutter, sidewalk, and wheelchair access ramps; adjustment of utilities to grade; and re-striping of stop bars. Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City Clerk of the City of Cerritos at or before 11:00 AM on November 13, 2012, at the office of the City Clerk, City of Cerritos, First Floor, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield Avenue at 183rd Street, Cerritos, California 90703 and marked “CONSTRUCTION OF 183RD STREET IMPROVEMENTS, GRIDLEY ROAD TO PALO VERDE AVENUE, PROJECT NO. 13055, BID NO. 1153-13.” A set of Contract Documents, including the Plans and Specifications, may be purchased at the Engineering Division of the City of Cerritos for $25.00 ($30.00 if mailing is requested). There will be no refund for return of the Contract Documents. Return of such documents is not required. The City of Cerritos reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or portions of any and all bids, or waive any informality or irregularity in a bid to the extent allowed by law. No bid will be accepted from a contractor who has not been licensed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9, Division III of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The contractor must possess a license of the following classification at the time the contract is awarded (and must maintain this license classification through completion of the project): “A” or “C12” is required. The bidder's attention is also directed to Section 7028.15 of the Business and Professions Code. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1776, et al. of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Director of Industrial Relations for the State of California has determined the general prevailing rate of wages and employer payments for health and welfare, vacations, pensions and similar purposes applicable to the work to be done. These rates shall be the minimum rates for this project. Rates are available on the Internet at http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSR/PWD. In addition, the information can be obtained by calling the Division of Labor Statistics and Research’s Prevailing Wage Unit at (415) 703-4774, or by faxing the Prevailing Wage Unit at (415) 703-4771, or by writing to: California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Statistics and Research, Prevailing Wage Unit, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA, 94142. This is a federally assisted project and the provisions of the federal standards, rules, regulations and requirements including Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates will be enforced. The higher of the two, state prevailing wage or Davis Bacon, shall apply. By order of the City of Cerritos Dated/posted/published: October 19, 2012 Published at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper 10/19/12
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Valley Christian Slips Back in Standings, Suffers Rare Home Loss to Maranatha OLYMPIC LEAGUE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL By Loren Kopff email@example.com
n a match that was decided by nine points, an error here or there could make the difference in who comes away with a sweep and who gets swept. Valley Christian hooked up with Maranatha this past Tuesday night in a key Olympic League girls volleyball tilt and the Lady Crusaders were a few plays away from sweeping the Minutemen. Instead, it was the other way around as V.C. was stunned at home, 25-20, 28-26, 26-24 and lost a home match to Maranatha for the first time since Oct. 3, 2000. The loss was even more devastating to the Lady Crusaders because they were hoping to avenge an earlier four-set loss to the Minutemen while at the same time stay close to front-running Whittier Christian. “The first game was [25-20] and really that’s two plays,” said V.C. head coach Brett Rinks. “That’s a four-point swing with two errors. Games two and three were both two-point games, so that’s a one-error difference. It was a sweep either way with just a four-point difference in our errors.” The first set was played as close as anyone could play an opening set. The set was tied 16 times and there were eight lead changes. The largest lead for V.C. was only one point, which occurred seven times. Maranatha’s biggest lead was just two, which happened five times until a kill from Julianne Tyler made it 23-20. In fact, Maranatha scored the final six points of the set. V.C. (15-5 overall, 2-3 in league) seemed to have its first burst of momentum when it owned leads of 11-6 and 14-7 in the second set. Senior opposite hitter Morgan Haner and sophomore opposite hitter Karly Dantuma each slammed three kills as part of those first 14 points. The Lady Crusaders continued to lead until a kill from Emily Anderson tied the set at 22-22. A kill from senior outside hitter Alyx Henry temporarily prevented Maranatha from winning the set and made it 24-24. Then V.C. was serving for the set after a kill from junior middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain. However, a kill from Lauren Holstein, a block from Kendra Logan and an ace from Taylor Chamberlain foiled that chance. The third set was similar to the first set and had eight ties and four lead changes. Again, the Lady Crusaders, ranked ninth in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section’s Division II-A, were unable to mount any strong surges and didn’t have a lead of greater than two, which came at 7-5. But, V.C. held Maranatha at match point five times thanks to three aces from senior libero Cayla Palmer, a kill from Amanda Chamberlain and a block from junior outside hitter Maggie Streelman. “I think we really confused them at the net,” Rinks said. “Our kills kind of show it. We had a lot of kills for a three-set match. That was part of our new offense we’re running.” But Logan and Holstein posted kills to end that rally and send the Lady Crusader fans home much earlier than anticipated. It
was only the third three set match all season for V.C., having swept Mayfair back on Sept. 6 and losing in three to Whittier Christian on Oct. 9. In fact, since 2007 and against the current Olympic League members, V.C. has been involved in 12 league matches that have gone five sets, more than the other four league teams. “All of these are going to be battles, whether they go three, four or five,” Rinks said. “It’s just depending on the night and both teams and all that kind of stuff. But all of the games are going to close between us, Maranatha, Village [Christian] and Whittier [Christian]. It just comes down to the team who steps up that night.” Haner led V.C. with 14 kills and five aces while Henry added 10 kills. Amanda Chamberlain and Dantuma each chipped in with seven kills as the Lady Crusaders visited Village Christian on Oct. 18 and will cap their regular season home slate on Tuesday against last place Heritage Christian. With Whittier Christian knocking off Village Christian this past Tuesday night, the Oct. 18 match will most likely decide third and fourth place.
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