Alarcon defends living outside district

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Attorneys for City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife Flora asked a judge on Wednesday to dismiss 24 charges against them, including perjury and voter fraud.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports

Alarcon’s attorney Fred Woocher says when Alarcon was in the state legislature, it didn’t matter whether he lived full time in Panorama City or Sun Valley, and when he joined the city council, Alarcon was living outside his district only because his house was being renovated.

KNX 1070 reporter John Brooks says when the allegations first came out, he visited Alarcon’s home in in his district of Panorama City and found the councilman getting out of the shower.

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Comments (11)
  1. Tim Martinez says:

    The Judge should agree to his demands, only if Mr Alarcon agrees not to ever run for Public service ever again. I think thats a fair trade off.

  2. downtown vibe says:

    Trade….. let him go on the voter fraud charges in exchange for testimony against the Mayor and at least two other Councilmembers.

  3. Mateo says:

    special treatment is always expected from these politicals. These guys live way beyond their pay….why?? Because they get so much given to them by special interests companies. Where is the honesty??? And he wants the charges dropped…..why should it be dropped??? I can not think of one reason…..this is an example of fraud…..not a big case of fraud by none the less its a lie.

  4. YJ Draiman for council says:

    We need honest government with integrity.
    “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

    Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.

  5. Mariscal says:

    If he is convicted, does that mean that all the “close votes” on City Council actions, that he participated in, can be overturned and/or reviewed?

  6. YJ Draiman for council says:

    Today’s economic crisis is greater peril than World War II
    Today we are losing the economic war to foreign nations, hungry people, increased unemployment, housing crisis, Trillions in deficits, various Cities and States on a verge of Bankruptcy.
    Worse we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Our education system is faltering. Values and morality are disintegrating.
    This is a bigger war than World War II.
    How do we overcome these crises? It is imperative we reverse the trend.
    We must work together to overcome the current crises.
    We have to be creative and resourceful.
    We have to drastically reduce our fossil fuel consumption
    Anyone has a logical and profound answer, I would like to hear.
    I have a feeling it is going to get worse, before it gets better.

    YJ Draiman, Northridge, CA
    “It is, regrettably, no exaggeration to say that we are living in an era of irrationality, deception, confusion, anger, and unfocused fear — an ominous combination, with few precedents. There has never been a time when it was so important to have a voice of sanity, insight, and understanding of what is happening in the world.”
    The US economy has disintegrated, and with it into the abyss plummet the blueprints of neoliberal economists, whose theories about “the free market” have now gone the way of medieval alchemy.
    We need honest government with integrity.
    “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

    Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
    As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.

    Action speaks louder than words.

  7. h.m. crosby says:

    I can’t believe there are only 6 comments! But, maybe I have to press “2”.

  8. YJ Draiman for Mayor says:

    YJ Draiman officially running for mayor of LA – 2013

    Press release – January 25, 2011

    YJ Draiman officially running for mayor of LA – 2013
    “I want to fight for a better future for all the people of Los Angeles, and that’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for mayor,” Draiman said.
    I decided to run for Mayor of Los Angeles. Before I could make that commitment, I needed to free up the time required to do the job right. Therefore, I decided to devote full time to the job of Mayor.
    I am motivated by the wish to serve the Los Angeles community and protect our quality of life. I have the skill, experience, long time community involvement and personal commitment to lead the city. I will work hard to preserve residents’ priorities and the city’s coffers, during the difficult financial times ahead. Some of my more specific goals are encouraging economic vitality, preserving and improving the City infrastructure, protecting the quality of our neighborhoods, supporting our open space and bicycle trails programs, working with the Neighborhood Councils and the Chamber to encourage local, innovative green businesses, and proper Urban Planning for Los Angeles, among others.
    I previously ran for City Council in District 12.
    I decided that to do the job right I must run for Mayor.
    I am an Energy/Utility Auditor/Consultant for over 20 years.
    I am married to a darling wife, we have two grown children – my oldest son is David Draiman a famous Rock Star with a Band by the name Disturbed, my younger son is a Psychologist doing research.
    I am looking forward to being elected and serving the people of the City of Los Angeles.
    We must work together as a cohesive force to improve our city.
    “Transparency and accountability is my motto”

    YJ Draiman for Mayor – 2013

  9. Yj Draiman says:

    We must take responsibility for our actions if we are to succeed

    “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” When you start realizing that you alone are responsible for your own life, then things start getting better. It might be scary at first, because now you do not have anyone else to blame. However, there is a level of freedom associated with taking responsibility for your life. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” There is some point in your life where you can no longer be persuaded by what the crowd is doing. You can no longer feel comfortable with the status quo. You have this feeling deep within you that there is more to life and that, “if it is to be, it is up to me.” That day is a very good day, because you have just learned a major secret to life. You are the creator of your own destiny and only you can make your dreams come true. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”

    Family, Honesty and morality are the foundation of society.

  10. Draiman for Mayor says:

    “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

    What makes a good leader?

    These 10 core competencies comprise good leadership
    Good leaders create a vision, a picture of the future, of where they want to take their organizations. Leaders can improve both the quality and acceptance of the vision by partnering with their peers, executive team, and key employees throughout the organization or outside consultants. To get the best vision you need lots of ideas, and people support what they help to create.
    Once a vision is established, great leaders can inspire everyone in the company to get onboard. Employees in great organizations are passionate about what they do. This inspiration extends to customers, investors, suppliers, boards of directors and all other stakeholders.
    This doesn’t mean good leaders have to be charismatic or great public speakers, though some are. Leaders may inspire by example or in low-key ways. Every word and action demonstrates their passion for the vision.
    Strategic leaders are clear and directly face the strengths and weaknesses of their own organizations, as well as their external opportunities and threats. They think in terms of leverage, fishing where the big fish are and partnering to gain market advantage. While interested in one sale, they would rather create pipelines and strategic alliances that generate thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of sales.
    Wired like businesspeople, good leaders are bottom-line oriented and extraordinarily committed to results. They thrive on facts, figures, numbers and data. They’re interested in ROI, ROE and EBIDTA. If not numbers-oriented themselves, they surround themselves with strong financial talent.
    Once vision and mission (a brief, clear statement of the reasons for an organization’s existence) are established, good leaders achieve what they set out to do before launching new initiatives. By contrast, poor leaders may have dozens of conflicting programs and priorities. Leaders with 20 priorities essentially have no priorities.
    Not necessarily salespeople, good leaders can bring others to their point of view using logic, reason, emotion and the force of their personalities. They motivate by persuasion rather than intimidation. The key here is the leader speaking from his or her heart.
    Good leaders are people-centric. They may be scientists, engineers or technical experts by background, but they recognize interpersonal skills are paramount. They display high degrees of emotional intelligence, and thrive on finesse and likeability.
    They want to be liked — and they are. Again, the key is what’s inside the leader. Likeability comes from the inside out.
    Sometimes shooting from the hip, good leaders can make decisions quickly — often with incomplete data. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
    Rarely is a leader able to get 100 percent of the information needed for a decision. Typically it is “60 percent and go” or “80 percent and go.”
    Good leaders are direct and straightforward. They set clear performance expectations and hold people accountable. This requires being direct and truthful, which can be difficult but — more often than not — is natural for the principle-based leader. Good leaders know it’s hard to beat the truth.
    Open to feedback.
    Good leaders are open and dedicated to lifelong learning. They seek feedback about their performance through direct conversations and objective tools such as 360-degree reviews. Seeking continuous improvement in their companies, they also seek it for themselves.

  11. Draimanformayor Losangeles says:

    Politicians should be paid commissions only – performance based compensation R1

    I say that politicians should be paid – compensated on a performance based via commissions only, for example on every tax dollar that they save. Example, if a politician cuts government spending 1 Million dollars, the tax payers would pay him X% of 1 Million.
    If it hits them in the pocket, they are going to be much more cautious how they spend our money.
    A politician running for office should reimburse any matching funds after the election.
    A politician should run the country like any non-profit corporation, with checks and balances, fiscal responsibility and not committing funds that our great grandchildren would have to pay.
    Any politician who violates the oath of office will lose his job and forfeit his benefits and pension.
    It is time we should hold our politicians accountable for their deeds and behavior, any deviation from honesty and ethics will be punished severely.

    Honesty, integrity and accountability is the motto.

    YJ Draiman, Energy/Utility Auditor

    Draiman is a candidate for the Mayor of Los Angeles

    We should not rush to give our money to foreign countries, if we do give, it is a loan and must be repaid; the loans should also be collateralized with real estate and assets of the receiving country.

    Value-based Management of the Government
    Value-based management makes an explicit link between a government’s strategic and operating decisions and their impact on the country and its citizen’s benefits. It does so in part by aligning politicians incentives with citizens’ interests.

    Politicians should earn the public trust, which, in turn, is based on openness and accountability. Excessive compensation, self-dealing and hidden agenda’s are detrimental to earning public trust.

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