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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.
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March 26, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Saying that it has no choice in the face of persistent budget deficits, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to examine a package of controversial cost-cutting proposals that one councilman likened to a "declaration of war" on city workers and business. The action, suggested by Councilman Bernard C. Parks, directs City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana to prepare reports in a number of areas where the city could potentially reduce costs, including doing away with a shortened work week for police officers, deferring or eliminating proposed employee raises and abandoning efforts to reduce the business tax. The city currently faces a budget shortfall of $150 million to $160 million, according to Santana, although Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others have said it could be less than $100 million.
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September 23, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
For nearly two decades, winning political office has come easily for veteran San Fernando Valley lawmaker Richard Alarcon. Until now. As the termed-out Los Angeles City Councilman attempts a return to the state Assembly, he finds himself in an unexpectedly tough fight. Alarcon, 58, trailed his opponent, political unknown Raul Bocanegra, by nearly 10 percentage points in the June primary, with 2,500 votes separating them. Yet, as the campaign rolls into the final weeks before the November ballot, Alarcon has made headlines as he tries to fend off felony charges of perjury and voter fraud.
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November 23, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's top appointee on the Board of Public Works will take a leave of absence following a Times report that she is the subject of a child endangerment investigation, a mayoral aide said Thursday. The mayor said he did not think that Andrea Alarcon, 33, should resign from her post, which pays $130,000 per year. He would not discuss the police case, which was opened after Alarcon's 11-year-old daughter was found unattended Friday night at City Hall.
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October 3, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife will face trial on 23 felony counts of perjury and voter fraud after a judge Tuesday found "more than substantial" evidence that the couple lied about where they were living so he could run for office. Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria, citing "compelling and quite telling" photographs of the Alarcons' home at 14451 Nordhoff St. in Panorama City, found that the residence was not livable and didn't show major repairs "that were reportedly done over an extensive period of time.
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June 10, 1990 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Richard Alarcon was appointed three weeks ago to the influential position of Mayor Tom Bradley's liaison in the San Fernando Valley, a resounding "Richard who?" echoed through much of the West and south Valley. But in the East Valley--in such communities as Pacoima, Mission Hills and Sun Valley--his name struck such a familiar chord that a group of community activists began planning a welcome-home party for their colleague.
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May 6, 1994 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like the uphill battle a ragtag Mexican army faced against a much larger, better-equipped French army 132 years ago, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon on Thursday had the tough task of trying to explain the significance of Cinco de Mayo to a group of noisy, fidgety elementary school kids. And like the small Mexican army in 1862, Alarcon also scored a victory.
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July 17, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Traveling to the San Fernando Valley for the second time in less than a year, the Los Angeles City Council gathered here Tuesday before 250 onlookers to approve a slew of local improvement projects, ranging from equestrian hitching posts to an environmental center.
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August 3, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Alarcon is known by some as "Mr. Network"--the man with a thousand connections. And the 38-year-old Alarcon, in interviews marking his second anniversary as Mayor Tom Bradley's San Fernando Valley coordinator, does nothing to discourage this image.
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May 24, 1990 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doris (Dodo) Meyer will be replaced as Mayor Tom Bradley's longtime liaison to the San Fernando Valley as part of a shake-up intended to "bring in new blood and new energy," said Deputy Mayor Mark Fabiani. Meyer, 65, will be replaced June 1 in the post she has held for 17 years by Richard Alarcon, 36, a lifelong Valley resident who called his appointment a "symbolic statement that we're not trying to preserve today, but we are looking toward tomorrow."
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October 3, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife will face trial on 23 felony counts of perjury and voter fraud after a judge Tuesday found "more than substantial" evidence that the couple lied about where they were living so he could run for office. Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria, citing "compelling and quite telling" photographs of the Alarcons' home at 14451 Nordhoff St. in Panorama City, found that the residence was not livable and didn't show major repairs "that were reportedly done over an extensive period of time.
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September 23, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
For nearly two decades, winning political office has come easily for veteran San Fernando Valley lawmaker Richard Alarcon. Until now. As the termed-out Los Angeles City Councilman attempts a return to the state Assembly, he finds himself in an unexpectedly tough fight. Alarcon, 58, trailed his opponent, political unknown Raul Bocanegra, by nearly 10 percentage points in the June primary, with 2,500 votes separating them. Yet, as the campaign rolls into the final weeks before the November ballot, Alarcon has made headlines as he tries to fend off felony charges of perjury and voter fraud.
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August 24, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
For years the rust-colored house on Nordhoff Street claimed as Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon's official residence was unoccupied, though someone would show up occasionally to cut the weeds or put up Christmas lights, a neighbor testified at the councilman's preliminary hearing Thursday. From the fall of 2006 to the end of 2009, Stephen Folden said he rarely saw a car or people at the Panorama City home. Trash bins weren't set out, and the weeds would grow high, he told a courtroom in Los Angeles.
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August 18, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon who struck and killed a pedestrian while driving a city car earlier this year was charged Friday with one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Manuel "Manny" Figueras, 50, was driving a 2003 Toyota Prius in North Hollywood on March 14 when he hit Gary Woodford, 55, a homeless man who had stepped into the street at Vineland Avenue and Erwin Street, officials said. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley filed the charge at a time when his office is also prosecuting a felony case against Alarcon, who is running for a seat in the state Assembly in November.
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August 11, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
For nearly nine months in 2009, Los Angeles County district attorney's investigator David Babcock showed up regularly at the Panorama City home that Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon claimed as his official residence and, except for one occasion, he never saw anyone there. Based on his surveillance, Babcock told a courtroom Friday at the start of the councilman's preliminary hearing, he concluded that Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, were not living at 14451 Nordhoff St. The house "was not occupied," Babcock said, adding that he also reviewed utility records and interviewed neighbors and postal employees.
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April 24, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Democrats vying for the 39th Assembly District seat exchanged potshots Monday after one of them, L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon, held a news conference to charge that his rival had engaged in "insider trading" in securing a zero-interest city loan to buy a three-bedroom condominium. Under a light rain outside Raul Bocanegra's Pacoima condominium, Alarcon alleged that Bocanegra bought one of 28 condominiums built in 2005 at the corner of Osborne Place and Glenoaks Boulevard even though there was a waiting list of more than 200 people interested in the affordable units.
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February 11, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
In trailblazing campaigns during the last dozen years, Richard Alarcon became the first Latino from the San Fernando Valley to win election to the Los Angeles City Council and the state Senate. The Democratic lawmaker's campaigns were notable for mobilizing new Latino voters, but Alarcon won both seats by building a base of support that extended to voters of all ethnicities.
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July 1, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling it "hush money," Richard Katz on Tuesday refused to accept $40,000 from Democratic Party leaders to pay for a ballot recount of the San Fernando Valley's hard-fought state Senate primary. Katz lost the Democratic nomination by 29 votes--or .0003%--to City Councilman Richard Alarcon in a racially charged campaign.
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September 14, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon called Tuesday for the expansion of a proposal to hike sewer fees, saying the current plan to increase them nearly 40% over five years is too timid. Alarcon, who represents the northeast San Fernando Valley, said a package of larger increases would serve the city as a jobs initiative, putting more people to work and allowing more pipes to be repaired. "It's our opportunity to create a bit of a stimulus program," he said. Alarcon made his remarks as the council's Energy and Environment Committee delayed a decision on sewer fee increases for a fourth time.
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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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