You can't make someone leave before he has been found guilty. We still have a principle in this Country of "innocent until proven guilty". As much as some people in this Country would like to change that, it is still the previous.
As much as I am not a fan of Councilman Alarcon. He will stand trial and if found guilty, I am sure the Council will remove him from his seat. But until that happens he should be allowed to stay.
The people who came out to say nice things about all the good Richard Alarcon does for his constituents should be asking him why he would put it all at risk because he refuses to simply live in the district with the people who elected him to represent them.
The purpose of Prop R, which extended the council term from two terms, to three terms, was to allow a councilmember to get in there and get some "long term" projects done. Because by the time you learn your way and become effective, there's no time to get any long-term goals accomplished.
But, AlarCON had to go and flaunt a loophole, where he ran for an additional term, since he was eligible, even though it was not in the spirit of the measure. And too bad the authors did not put a clause allowing only first term and existing council members to serve three terms.
But AlarCON slipped in, and now not only doesn't CD 7 get the "long-term" CM they were supposed to under term extensions, now he isn't even going to finish out his term.
All because he felt he was above the law, above his people, and just could not bring himself to live in the district.
What a crazy thing to go to jail and lose your seat over. It almost immediately qualifies you as a sociopath.
So to the people who are happy because he approved a project for you that he had his shady contractors work on, and that's where the real corruption transacts; they should be asking Mr. AlarCON why he put it all at risk when all he had to do was live in his district.
Again, never under-estimate a sociopath.
And for the record, the horseshoe cannot be happier, even though they won't suspend him. They ARE popping champagne corks. The way it was described to me was, "Do you remember how people felt about Jack Weiss? Well that's how they feel about AlarCON."
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