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D.A. searches two homes in investigation of L.A. councilman's district residency [Updated]

The Los Angeles County district attorney has opened an investigation to determine whether Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon illegally claimed a Panorama City house as his residence, officials said today.

Investigators with the D.A.'s Public Integrity Division served a search warrant Tuesday at a house on Nordhoff Street where Alarcon is registered to vote. The house is owned by Alarcon’s wife, Flora Montes de Oca, and is in his 7th Council District.

Another warrant was served at a second house owned by the councilman’s wife in the nearby neighborhood of Sun Valley. That house is in the 2nd Council District represented by newly elected Councilman Paul Krekorian.

David Demerjian, head deputy of the integrity division, said his office had received a complaint that Alarcon was living in a residence outside of his district. A politician who registers to vote at a place that is not his residence can be charged with a felony, Demerjian said.

Alarcon, 56, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He was attending a news conference in Mission Hills this morning. The warrants, which typically explain why investigators believe a search is justified, are under seal.

[Updated at 11:30 a.m.: Shortly after 11 a.m., Alarcon told The Times that he planned to “make it very clear” to investigators that he resides in the house in Panorama City.

He also said that he and his wife live in the 1950 tract house on Nordhoff while Montes de Oca’s son lives in the house on Sheldon Street in Sun Valley.

“We want to focus on cooperating with their questions and I’m confident that when we’ve provided the responses to their questions that it will be seen as a very simple misunderstanding,” he said.]

In the summer of 2007, The Times reported that after Alarcon was elected that spring, he asked then-2nd District Councilwoman Wendy Greuel to support an attempt to redraw boundaries so his wife’s Sun Valley home would be moved into his 7th Council District. Greuel refused.

County officials said Montes de Oca is also registered to vote at the Panorama City house.

Alarcon had told The Times that Montes de Oca -- then his fiancee -- had been interested in developing town homes on the Nordhoff property that he had claimed as his residence. At the time, the councilman had introduced a measure to reclassify the street, a move that would have spared Montes de Oca from having to forfeit 2,840 square feet of her lot to the city.

Days after The Times reported on the proposal, Alarcon withdrew the proposal.

-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall
 
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WOW. This is the same councilman that wants to eradicate medical marijuana dispensaries! Funny web politicians weave when they conspire to deceive.....

Children can you spell C-R-O-O-K?

Alarcon is truly corrupt and has been for decades. The Times has given him a scolding now and then, but for the most part, he gets a free ride because of his ethnicity. That's the way it is when your newspaper is as corrupt as the politicians it covers.

Of all of the crooks & criminals in City Hall, including Antonio Villaraigosa and Jose Huizar, Richard AlarCON may be the most dishonest of them all.

Gee another dumbocratic politician being investigated? Alarconartist gets caught with his pants down and just watch... this will get swept under the rug.

Green Bandit, you are making an incorrect assumption that Alarcon's desire to act dishonestly equates to a vote "to eradicate medical marijuana dispensaries." It doesn't, because one elected official's deliberate decision to lie about his true residence does not merit legalizing the selling of marijuana, which contributes to low-grade depression in otherwise healthy individuals. Think about that for a long moment, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Nate Holden lived in Marina del Rey. What else about this kind of thing is new?

dude his kid used to sell me pot,i'd meet him at his parents house in WEST HILLS

IF YOU THINK THIS IS SOMETHING, JUST WAIT UNTIL THE FEDS START INVESTIGATION THE MILLIONS THAT ALARCON LOST IN THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM FIASCO.

I CAN HEAR THE CLICKING OF HANDCUFFS IN THE FUTURE.

He's also been seen in Whittier on weekends.

CORRUPT POLITICAL MACHINE - CHICAGO STYLE BUT WORSE. This will just keep getting worse until voters clean house. As I keep posting in my comments for Angelino's. This Corrupt Political Machine on City Council and Patron of a Mayor will bankrupt this city in its continuing sleazy & QUID PRO QUO deals with campaign contributors. Residence? These crooks think rules do not apply to them.

"marijuana, which contributes to low-grade depression in otherwise healthy individuals"
Thats funny, why didn't you add that marijuaqna causes cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and erectile dysunction too!

Not only a liar, but an arrogant one at that!

This has been common knowledge ever since Alarcon tried to have Wendy Greuel consent to redrawing CD2 to include his wife's home in Shadow Hills. She said she would not give up her new home ( the one she built caused a big uproar in the historic Stonehurst district when she demolished one of the original stone houses)They would not live in that dump on Nordhoff with their baby. He has been observed in Shadow Hills at this residence. This is the usual sneaky behavior of our Mayor and City Council. Everyone just turns their head because they are corrupt too.

All you have to do is check power and water use. If he's not living there, it's pretty easy to check. Unless he's got the toilet hooked up to a timer.


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