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L.A. councilman under investigation says break-in caused him to live outside district

January 15, 2010 | 12:30 pm
L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon, under investigation over questions about his residency, said today that he has not been living in a house in his district for nearly three months because of safety concerns prompted by a burglary at that address.

Alarcon said a mentally ill man broke into his house in late October and destroyed his possessions, including many of his clothes. “We haven’t been there since then, that’s for sure,” he said.

The councilman, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, said he has been living in a house in Sun Valley in the 2nd District represented by Councilman Paul Krekorian since that incident occurred. Repairs are being made to the house in Panorama City that he claims as his “domicile” in his 7th Council District.

Investigators served search warrants at both houses -- one in Panorama City, the other in Sun Valley -- earlier this week. Alarcon said that he could have stayed in a hotel in the wake of the burglary.

Both houses are owned by Alarcon’s wife, Flora Montes de Oca.

-- David Zahniser