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The LA County Sheriff and County Assessor are elected officials who can put your hands on you — or put their hands in your pockets. Due to scandals, neither job has an incumbent. We hear from Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers who wants the top job, and get a rundown on the 12 people who want to assess the value of your house. Should the person who determines your tax bill be elected at all? Also, Kobe's out for the season.  What's next for the Lakers?

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Benjamin Gottlieb
Mike Kessler

Sheriff's Candidate Todd Rogers 10 MIN, 17 SEC

In January, Lee Baca retired from office a year short of completing his fourth term. His replacement, Interim Sheriff John Scott, is not running and this is the first time in decades that no incumbent's name has appeared on the ballot. We've been interviewing seven candidates one at a time, and today we welcome Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers, a veteran of 29 years, who's also a member of the City Council in Lakewood.

Guests:
Todd Rogers, candidate for LA Sheriff (@Rogers4Sheriff)

Most Powerful Jobs in America's Biggest County Are Up for Grabs 10 MIN, 47 SEC

Few people may know the name of LA's County Assessor, but few elected officials have as direct an impact on more people. The current incumbent, John Noguez, is facing charges for allegedly lowering tax bills in exchange for bribes. Whether he is guilty or not, the case demonstrates where the Assessor's power lies. Noguez is trying to prove himself innocent of corruption charges and is not running again. No less than 12 people have filed to run for his job — and you've probably never heard of them, either. Is such a powerful job as County Assessor with so low a profile appropriate for public election?

Guests:
Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times (@sewella)
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

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Sewell on LA County Assessor race

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