Note to city elected officials: Live in your district or else
City officials who move outside their district after they are elected would be forced out of office under a measure the state Senate approved Tuesday. AB 1676 by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) would subject elected officials found to be living outside their district to expulsion from their position and civil penalties.
During floor debate over the measure, Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) said, "The people in the district have a right to be represented by someone who lives in the district and understands the unique needs and desires of its constituency."
The bill was introduced after allegations surfaced that Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was not living in his district. Alarcon, who represents part of the same area that elected Fuentes, has since been accused by a grand jury of defrauding voters over his residency claims.
-- Patrick McGreevy