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|Monday, October 10, 2010, 6:00 am
Times Endorses John Wong for County Assessor,
Noguez Fails Endorsement............. Again
Huntington Park, CA - For the 2nd time in six months, the L.A. Times has endorsed John
Wong for the L.A. County Assessor's race. Mr. Wong is Chairman of the L.A. County
Assessment Appeals Board, having served there for 15 years and has managed successful
Huntington Park mayor John Noguez failed to get the Times endorsement, twice now.
During the June Primary, the Times endorsed Mr. Wong, citing serious concerns that
Noguez would politicize the Assessors office and bring corruption.
This was right before the Bell corruption scandal broke. We come to find out that the Times
was right, as laid bare by allegations of corruption conspiracies on a historically
unprecedented scale, leading to investigations by the D.A.'s office, the Attorney General,
and the FBI, then triggering arrests of Bell's officials and top administrators, including
Robert Rizzo and George Cole, Bells' long time mayor and long-time political associate of
Huntington Park's John Noguez.
For the November 2 elections, the Times cited John Noguez's"political entanglements" as
reason for not endorsing him.
The Times report, published this Sunday as part of its Voter Guide issue, "Tough race for
open office", also confirmed what WatchOurCity.com had exposed last week in a report
about a PhD fraud scandal, that indeed, John Noguez does not have a college degree.
Noguez is the "mayor of Huntington Park, population 64,000, just west of Bell", noted the
The L.A. County Assessor's office manages a staff of over 1,200 assessors and manages a
property tax roll of over one trillion dollars on a yearly basis, the largest on American soil.
The point to drive home is that a political operative like Noguez, with no management
experience to speak of, let alone experience to manage a public agency in charge of
assessing the largest tax roll in the entire country, is not the right man for the job.
Lack of management experience aside, Noguez's "political entanglements" with Bell
officials, who are the target of the largest public corruption probes in the state of
California, if not the nation, are more alarming, and should raise huge red flags.
John Noguez's intimate "entanglements" as the times gently stated, go deep with George
Cole, Bell's former mayor, and include directing multi-million dollar contracts to Cole's
Oldtimers Foundation, and then some more multi-million dollar redevelopment contracts to
Cole's Oldtimers Housing Development Corporation.
Cole is also recently appointed as Chairman of the Foundation of the Southeast Cities
Schools Coalition, which is being underwritten by city of Vernon, and meets regularly in
Vernon city hall. Pedro Carrillo, Bell's City manager appointed by a city council indicted and
arrested in a massive sweep by the D.A.'s office on the morning of September 21, 2010,
was hired by Cole as the Coalition's Executive Director. Carrillo, as Director of the
Southeast Cities School Coalition, then conspired along with Teresa Jacobo Bell's
councilwoman and board member of the Coalition, to create the "Foundation" to the
Coalition, a fundraising arm, and appoint George Cole as it Chairman.
The Goal of George Cole's Coalition is to break away form LAUSD, and to create the "San
Antonio Unified School District", an entity that would take with it the new schools being
built by LAUSD, along with the existing campuses, all totaling about 60 school sites, and
about 60,000 students. The operating budget for this new breakaway school district
spearheaded by area's most corrupt politicos, would be in the neighborhood of about half
a Billion dollars. That's an operating budget greater than the city of Vernon's ($360 million)
and greater than all the combined mismanaged budgets of the entire southeast cities of
Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, and South Gate.
George Cole's Schools Coalition has coerced top LAUSD brass to show up at its meetings,
making them believe that it is a powerful coalition, led by a powerful chairman, with a
former director now appointed as Bell's city manager Pedro Carrillo. James Son, Director of
LAUSD's Facilities Division was called by the Southeast Cities Coalition board to present a
report on the status of new school building efforts. Even LAUSD School Board member Yolie
Flores Aguilar shows up at George Cole's coalition meetings presenting reports on
progress. The coalition's board members do not take action on matters before the board
without George Cole's blessing.
It's as if students and parents have a dual school body representing them, only that Cole's
Southeast Cities Coalition is not an elected body by the parents or residents.
According to the Schools Coalition recent meeting minutes, Vernon's mayor, a coalition
board member, directed that principals of all schools within the southeast cities, about 60
of them, should be made to attend the Coalition's meetings as mandatory. Not even
LAUSD imposes such draconian measures.
Besides being arrested by the District attorney, George Cole is under investigation by the
attorney General specifically for under reporting same multi-million dollar contracts as
awarded in questionable circumstances by Bell and Huntington Park officials.
John Noguez is partnering with Cole in a scheme to siphon away $250,000 in tax
increment funds earmarked for LAUSD. The funds are intended to provide seed money for
Given all the corruption investigations in Bell which touch and which implicate Huntington
Park's mayor Noguez, it is not too hard to imagine what would happen to a tempting $500
million budget if a breakaway school district in southeast cities were to become a reality.
|March 8, 2010 WatchOurCity.com
Southeast Cities Schools
Charter Schools in
George Cole's Dirty Fat
|Tuesday July 13, 2010
Update Wednesday July 14,
Depriving the Public of
Honest Services: Bell,
Fiduciary fail by Maywood, Bell,
Huntington Park officials.
|Monday July 19, 2010
George Cole - The Brains
salaries and Charter City
|Tuesday July 13, 2010
Huntington Park in $1.2
Million Fiscal Deficit Partly
Caused by City of Bell's
Mayor Noguez gave George Cole
|Monday, October 4, 2010 6:00 am
Mayor Noguez in bed with
George Cole: Awards
Multi-Million Dollar Housing
Redevelopment contract to
Cole, Recently Arrested by
the D.A. & sued by the AG
Redevelopment Agency awards
$3.8 million for Fiscal Year
2009-2010 to Cole's Oldtimers.
|Monday, September 27, 2010 6:00 am
Implicated in Bell
Scandal with Cole
Noguez directed multi-million
dollar contracts to George Cole's
Oldtimers Foundation, shared
convicted felon as campaign
managers with George Cole.
|Monday, September 27, 2010,
Huntington Park's Mayor
John Noguez Shakes down
Charter School for
campaign Contribution in
Exchange for Project
Mayor John Noguez and City
Attorney Leal called meeting
with Charter school. Noguez is
running for L.A. County Assessor.
|September 24, 2010,
Huntington Park Attorney
Francisco Leal making
$630,000, more than twice
city of L.A.'s Attorney
Mayor John Noguez authorized
payments to Leal, and is good
friend to Bell's George Cole.
|August 20, 2010, 6:00 am,
George Cole and
Huntingtington Park Mayor
John Noguez at Southeast
Cities Schools Coalition
poised to grab $250,000
from LAUSD, intend to
breakaway from LAUSD
|Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, 6:00 am,
sends formal request to
D.A. to investigate John
Antonovich "referred" letter to
the D.A.s' office "for his review
and appropriate action".
Complaint seeks to investigate
Huntington Park mayor John
Noguez based on allegations
that his legal name is John
Rodriguez. Noguez is in a
November runoff race against
John Wong for Assessor.
|Tuesday September 7, 2010, 6:00 am,
Trillion Dollar County Tax
Roll, Million Dollar deals,
Some Benefiting John
Noguez, County Assessor
|June 9, 2010
Noguez: A Study
in Corruption &
contracts to City of Bell's
L.A. County Assessor's Race:
Noguez and Wong forced into a
November Runoff for Assessor
Noguez Fails L.A. Times
Endorsement for Assessor
Times Endorses Wong for L.A.