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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA June 8, 2010 Election
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John Lewis Dortch
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Assessor; County of Los Angeles


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. Please provide a brief list of your qualifications in bullet format, using an asterisk (*) to represent a bullet. (No more than 25 words for this section.)

2. What qualities, skills, and experiences make you well-qualified to be an effective Assessor in L A. County? (no more than 125 words total for questions 2 and 3)

With over 30 years on the job, I have risen through numerous promotional levels within the ranks of the office from Appraiser Trainee to Assessor's Divison Chief, a senior management position that I have held for the past 14 years. My duties as Division Chief included the responsibility of managing half of the property assessments in the County as well as the associated public relations and supervision of over 300 employees. I have worked with many local and State officials and leaders of the business community. I have an Advance Appraiser Certificate from the State Board of Equalization and have appraised all types of properties. My broad experience and educational background will enable me to lead the Assessor's Office efficiently and effectively.

3. What strategies will you employ to mitigate the effects of foreclosures and the depressed real estate market, so that property may be reassessed in a timely fashion and tax revenues may be maintained? No more than 125 words total for questions 2 and 3)

The Assessor has a duty to assess properties fairly and accurately as mandated by law. The Assessor cannot place the generation of revenue above that duty. The Assessor is not a defender of the assessment roll!

I would accelerate assessment reviews and expand reviews to include more commercial and industrial properties. I will lower property taxes for property owners who qualify for a reduction.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Until 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2010, candidates for Assessor must limit their answers to 150 words total for all questions so that a paper Voters Guide may be published. After 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2010, word limits will no longer apply.

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