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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Andrea Alarcon began exploring the corridors of Los Angeles City Hall at age 8, tagging along with her father as he advised Mayor Tom Bradley on issues in the San Fernando Valley. By the time she was in her teens, she was the girl with braces sitting behind the desk of her dad, City Councilman Richard Alarcon, listening to the speeches of such "big, powerful personalities" as council members Joel Wachs and Jackie Goldberg. Now, as president of the powerful Board of Public Works, the Sylmar resident and single mother has stepped firmly out of her father's shadow.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
These days, bus riders at stops around Los Angeles may find themselves without a bench to rest on. City officials say the company that provides and manages roughly 6,000 bus benches began removing them last week because it was not awarded a new contract. Norman Bench Advertising, which for more than a decade has maintained the benches in exchange for advertising revenue, has recently come under fire from officials for failing to disclose how many benches it has and how much money it reaps from displaying ads on them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission has cleared Councilman Richard Alarcon in an investigation focused on a traffic reduction proposal that could have benefited his wife. Heather Holt, the agency's newly named executive director, sent a letter earlier this month saying that Alarcon did not misuse his position in 2007 when he called for a one-block stretch of Wakefield Avenue in Panorama City to be downgraded from a busy highway to a quieter "collector" street. Alarcon's then-fiancee, Flora Montes de Oca, owned property on that block and had been seeking to develop as many as nine townhomes there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The perjury and voter fraud case against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon rests in part on the modest amount of water and electricity used at a Panorama City house that he claims as his residence, according to a grand jury transcript obtained Monday. Alarcon and his wife pleaded not guilty to 24 felony charges that accuse them of making false statements about where they live on voting forms, drivers' licenses and other documents. The 1950 tract house in Panorama City allowed Alarcon to meet a requirement that council members live in the district they seek to represent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
One day after Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was accused by a grand jury of defrauding voters, a group of civic leaders from his San Fernando Valley district declared its support for the beleaguered politician and vowed to wage a campaign on his behalf. Ministers, labor leaders, former city commissioners and other activists mapped out their strategy at a storefront church in Panorama City, where participants were urged to write letters to newspapers, post comments on blogs and show up at City Council meetings as early as Friday to praise Alarcon's accomplishments.
OPINION
August 6, 2010
Maybe it's finally time for Richard Alarcon to go home, if only he could figure out where that is. On Nordhoff, in Panorama City, where he's registered to vote and which lies within the district he was elected to represent? Or on Sheldon in Sun Valley, outside the district, in another home owned by his wife? Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca, were indicted Thursday on charges of perjury and voter fraud after allegedly lying about their true residence. If the charges are true, Alarcon took office in a district in which he was ineligible to serve.
NEWS
August 4, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
A grand jury has handed down a 24-count felony indictment against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca, accusing them of perjury and voter fraud stemming from their assertion in that they lived in a home in Panorama City. In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Grand Jury said Alarcon and his wife falsely claimed that they lived in a house within Alarcon's 7th Council District in the San Fernando Valley. Alarcon and his wife both pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A grand jury unsealed a 24-count felony indictment on Wednesday against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca, saying they committed perjury and voter fraud when they listed their home as being in Panorama City. Ending a 15-month investigation by Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's Public Integrity Division, the criminal grand jury accused Alarcon and his wife of falsely claiming that their home was at an address in Alarcon's 7th Council District, which takes in a portion of the northeast San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Six employees of Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon have been ordered to appear before a county grand jury this week, six months after prosecutors obtained search warrants to determine if the councilman has been living at his legal residence. Alarcon said Monday that his chief of staff, Saeed Ali, and five other workers in his office have received subpoenas instructing them to testify on Wednesday. Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's office received permission in January to search two homes owned by Alarcon's wife, Flora Montes de Oca — one on Nordhoff Street in Panorama City, the other on Sheldon Street in Sun Valley.
NEWS
July 5, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Six employees of Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon have been ordered to appear before a grand jury this week, six months after prosecutors obtained search warrants to determine whether the councilman has been living at his legal residence. Alarcon said Monday that his chief of staff, Saeed Ali, and five other workers in his office have received subpoenas instructing them to testify on Wednesday. Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's office received permission in January to search two homes owned by Alarcon's wife, Flora Montes de Oca -- one on Nordhoff Street in Panorama City, the other on Sheldon Street in Sun Valley.
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