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By Brian Hews
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley called for the resignation of embattled Assessor John Noguez this afternoon.
In an exclusive phone interview with Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on Wednesday afternoon, Cooley said “it is appropriate for Noguez to resign.”
“It is in the best interested of everyone for him (Noguez) to step down,” Cooley said.
“Over the past several months, it has become clear that the situation inside the Assessor’s office has deteriorated,” Cooley said.
Cooley said his office has made this case the “top priority for prosecution” and indicated that “countless individuals are being investigated.”
“This is by far the biggest case I have ever seen of this magnitude in my four terms as the District Attorney,” Cooley told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.
Cooley would not say if or when arrest warrants would be issued other than saying “this is a very complex case and we are taking our time in reviewing each and every detail.”
Cooley also praised the coverage of Los Cerritos Community Newspaper during the past five months. “I have followed all of the coverage (from LCCN) and want to compliment you for doing a great job. Keep up the great reporting,” Cooley told Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.
Cooley also said he “supports” having Los Cerritos Community Newspaper distribute hundreds internal memos obtain between Noguez and tax agent Ramin Salari this coming Friday.
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