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Alexander H. Pope dies at 80; former Los Angeles County assessor
Alexander H. Pope dies at 80; former Los Angeles County assessor

Alexander H. Pope, who was a Westwood attorney when he became the Los Angeles County assessor in 1978 and soon faced the challenge of implementing property tax rollbacks newly mandated by Proposition 13, has died. He was 80. Pope, who later became executive director of the California Citizens Budget Commission, died Tuesday of complications of Parkinson's disease at his home in Berkeley, said his wife, Kate. After becoming a partner in the Fine & Pope law firm in 1957, Pope served as legislative secretary for Gov. Pat Brown from 1959 to 1961, during which he supervised a staff of 20 in lobbying for administration programs with the state Legislature. Known as a longtime activist in...

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