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L.A. Now Live: Discuss possible nepotism at the L.A. Fire Department

Join Times staffers Ben Welsh and David Zahniser for a discussion at 1 p.m. about the possibility of nepotism in the Los Angeles Fire Department, including the recent reassignment of two top commanders who oversaw hiring and training.

The commanders were reassigned after officials learned their sons advanced during a recruitment process that has come under scrutiny from city officials.

Welsh and Times staff writer Robert J. Lopez first reported in late February that more than 20% of the recruits in a new LAFD training class are sons or nephews of current department firefighters.

There were thousands of applications last year for 70 coveted firefighting jobs at the LAFD.

During the chat, we'll get to as many questions and comments from readers as we can.

Readers can submit questions or comments any time before or during the chat to the moderator via Twitter @aribloomekatz or directly through the L.A. Times homepage when the chat goes live.

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