Following his indictment on 18 felony charges the LA Weekly points out that the City Council has the power to "suspend and even call for the replacement of" Councilman Richard Alarcon. Alarcon has been charged with voter fraud and perjury in relation to claims he does not live within his Council District.
However anyone who has followed the Los Angeles City Council know that it's an insular fraternity in which one member doesn't challenge another, even on votes and one that protects it own. Mike Hernandez was arrested doing lines of coke on his City Hall desk and still was allowed by his colleagues to remain in office. So unless there is some huge outcry by the public the Clowncil will do nothing.
But don't expect that to happen. A team of politically connected rainmakers as well as the usual suspects are building a moat around Alarcon and promising to protect him. Amazing given how much he's screwed his district that they want more.
Still more interesting are the rumors that we're hearing as to who threw Alarcon under the bus and ratted him out to Cooley the Clown. Stay tuned.
Some in LA jump on the Richard Alarcon "Don't Cry for me Pacoima and Sylmar" tour. In the meantime everyone else in the City checks out on local politics and instead are outraged about price raises at Disneyland. However in the tiny city of Bell God bless the folks there who, pitchforks and torches in hands, are calling for accountability from crooked pols.
World Champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong has some advice for Antonio Villaraigosa following the Mayor's recent bicycle mishap: "the goal is to stay on the bike."
Though the Mayor has been posturing that his accident has made him a born again bicycle advocate Bikeside LA isn't buying it. The group is calling Villaraigosa's coming "Bicycle Summit" a "triple fail."