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EXCLUSIVE: BP Oil Received $1 Billion in Property Tax Reduction from Assessor Noguez’ Office

Copyright: Los Cerritos  Community Newspaper

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By Brian Hews and  Brian Hews

One of the world’s  largest oil producers, BP (formerly British Petroleum), received more than $1 billion worth of property tax reductions during the tenure of embattled Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez, Los Cerritos Community Newspaper has learned.

British Petroleum, who owns and oversees a massive operation throughout Los Angeles County, had a major parcel slashed during a two year period between 2009 and 2011. BP Oil   was represented by Attorney and Tax Agent Richard Ayoob.

Ayoob and his family have been major political contributors to Noguez political campaigns during his successful run for Los Angeles County Assessor in 2010.

The property listed is Parcel # 7315-006-003 which had a roll value of $1.230, 648,353. It  was reduced  to $775,565,000, a decline of 36%.  The same property had a 2002 Roll Value of $1,219,140,634 and Noguez’ office reduced it down again to $994,168,046, a decline of 18%.  It was slashed a third time in the summer of 2011 from $1,091,314,986 to $112,024,675 , an astounding decline of 89%.

“The Assessor’s Office heard the cases argued by Ayoob and had six months to appeal the ruling but decided not to,” one source told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

Ayoob refused comment to LCCN on Wednesday.  LCCN Publisher Brian Hews also contacted Ayoob via email to get his comments on the over $1 billon reduction in assessed value, but the request went unanswered.

LCCN  can also confirm that two of Noguez top lieutenants  Mark McNeil, ex-Chief of Major Appraisals and his supervisor Eric Haagenson directed the reduction under Noguez.  Noguez is out on a paid leave of absence, and McNeil and Haagenson have been suspended from their taxpayer paid jobs recently.

Ayoob, a native of Southern California, joined  the firm of Ajalat, Polley, Ayoob & Matarese in 1981. He became a partner in the firm in 1985.

On his company website he touts that he “represents many of the world’s largest companies including Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil.”

Ayoob also boasts  that he “recently resolved a property tax matter resulting in what we believe is the largest property tax refund in Los Angeles County history.”

Ayoob and his partners are located in Glendale and lists an influential list of clients ranging from  BP/AMOCO, EXXON Mobil, the Los Angeles Times, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, to the Walt Disney Company and Warner Brothers Studio.

Assessor parcel showing value of parcel at $134,603,148.

 

 

 

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Chewy

Ok Val ,John Noguez knows your name and knows who you are. When AND if he goes back to his post he ll let you kiss his hand and give your clients 90% tax drop. But for now go to the back of the honest property tax consultant . That’s if you ……
DO YOU EVEN KNOW JOHN NOUGES AND HOW HE GOT TO THIS POSITION?

Ima Questioner
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Ima Questioner

Chewy – Did you not understand that Val thinks Noguez is guilty? I also think he’ll probably be found guilty. That does not give LCCN the right to create stories that insinuate that impropriety has taken place when, in fact, the law was obeyed.

Val Woznicki
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Val Woznicki

I’ve been a property tax consultant for nearly 20 years. There maybe a few direct emails to the assessor (Noguez) that imply a level of influence that consultants do not typically have. However, having read just about every story published and reviewed every email published, it is apparent that the press and especially LCCN are trying to make far more of a story than what actually exists. The only blantantly illegal action is that of Schenter. I truly believe that Noguez probably directed him to act illegally and should be removed for those actions. However, this story is so poorly… Read more »

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Don't shoot the messenger

I find it amazing here and on your Barrows related articles that ignore the wrongful/shameful/criminal conduct of politicians and instead go after those bringing the issue to the public.
It’s as if they themselves are benefiting from political corruption and want to see it thrive at all cost.
Maybe as part of all political corruption cases the guilty should be made to pay into a media fund, supporting those organizations that go after crooked politicians.

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Don't shoot the messenger

The previous comment should have read,
>> I find it amazing here and on your Barrows related articles “THOSE COMMENTS BY CERTAIN POSTERS” that ignore the wrongful/shameful/criminal conduct of politicians and instead go after those (I.E. LCCN) bringing the issue to the public.
It’s as if they themselves (CERTAIN POSTERS) are benefiting from political corruption and want to see it thrive at all cost.
Maybe as part of all political corruption cases the guilty should be made to pay into a media fund, supporting those organizations that go after crooked politicians.

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Hews doesnt know

the referenced case was a board set value..This has nothingnto do w Noguez and only recourse is superior court..Research your facts before you make false accusation..
it is a shame you do not care to prin facts but rather continue pushing your agenda..

Wongdoings
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Wongdoings

I believe Haagenson retired, not on leave.

Chewy
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Chewy

Los Cerritos community news did their journalistic duty by investigating and report the crime of looting of public funds, which I bet almost bankrupted them unlike the Wave news that covers southeast cities which is paid by the same DIRTY politician which never even mentioned of this Bandidos cause there were afraid of losing their share of loot, now is up to the DA to follow up the Lccn’s leads and restore public trust. Mr skeptical read all the articles that Lccn has on there web sight then give your rude comments . Opinions are like A##holes every one has… Read more »

Ima Questioner
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Ima Questioner

Mr. Hews:
It’s good to know you have a source, however you didn’t answer the question. Did LCCN review all evidence presented to the appeals board?

Skeptical
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NO MENTION that these reductions took place in a RECESSION. Hey Los Cerritos, maybe putting the reductions in context of where the economy was at the time would illuminate perhaps how these reductions could take place. Have people’s houses dropped 20-30% during these recessions? YES. But what, commercial property doesn’t?! Doing the bidding for one or two members of the Board of Supervisors is an interesting way to gain “fame”.

Chewy
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Chewy

Our schools are suffering teachers are being laid off, public safety is in danger LA sheriff ,LAPD, and every Police and Fire department is cutting back and working over time ,sometimes with no pay, due to lack of funds and this guy Nougez is giving the 1% er’s more money. shame on you

Ton Nast
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Ton Nast

Lets hope th DA has enough evidence to send this scumbag to jail.

randy
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“The Assessor’s Office heard the cases argued by Ayoob and had six month to appeal the ruling but decided not to,” one source told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

This case was held in front of the Assessment Appeals Board, not the Assessor’s Office. The Assessment Appeals Board, who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, made the determination to reduce the roll value.