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L.A. city administrator gets 3 years' probation on drunk-driving charge

Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana on Tuesday pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay $1,737 in fines and penalties.

Santana, 40, was arrested March 26 in Covina as he was driving a city-owned car home from a charity roast honoring Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15%, according to Cooley's office.

Santana, who lives in Claremont, appeared before Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Harold Mulville in West Covina. The commissioner ordered Santana to attend a drinking-and-driving awareness program and a program to see victims of alcohol-related crashes in hospitals and the morgue. Santana will also have his driver’s license suspended for six months.

Under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement with the prosecutor, a separate misdemeanor count of driving while having a .08% or higher blood alcohol was dismissed, according to D.A. spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales.

In the days after the arrest, Santana turned in his city car and took a leave from his job to enter an alcohol treatment center. He returned to work April 15.

-- Phil Willon at Los Angeles City Hall

 
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Proabation? Thats a joke. So many times judges want to make examples out of celebrities but here we have someone who works within the city at a high position and he gets a slap on the wrist. I would love to see politicians and anybody who works in office or within the city (Police officers and firefighter included) be made example of. Can you tell me what he makes a year? because honestly cutting him off from his job would save a position of another city employee who is not driving under the influence.

Why doesn't a Los Angeles City Administrator this high-up in executive rank live in the City of Los Angeles! This is shocking: he'd have a shorter drive, and he'd feel both the dreams and the pains.

OUR HISPANICS GET TREATED DIFFERENTLY IF THEY WORK FOR TONY V? RECENTLY A WHITE POLICE CHIEF RESIGNED AFTER HE TRIED TO LIED ABOUT HIS LAP DANCING OR OVER MEDICATION AND BEER CHASERS SIX OR FIVE BEERS AT A NUDIE BAR! LOL! THE DWP LINEMAN WAS ALSO AT CITY FUNCTION LOCAL NUDIE BAR AND DID THE PAPER WRAP INSTEAD OF THE PAPER BAG TRICK! LOL! BUSTED!!!! ALL THESE CITY WORKERS WERE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF CITY CARS/TRUCK. I THINK THAT FORMER CITY ATTORNEY "ROCKY" SHOULD DEFEND THEM!!!


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