D.A. Lets Former Councilman Richard Alatorre Off The Hook For Alleged Unregistered Lobbying At City Hall

The District Attorney's office let former Los Angeles city Councilman Richard Alatorre slide on this one, apparently: While its investigation claims that Alatorre "without doubt" worked as an unregistered lobbyist at City Hall from 2003 to 2007 the D.A. declined to file charges.

It wasn't clear if Alatorre's activity crossed the line under new municipal code guidelines governing City Hall lobbying, according to the D.A.'s office. Still, Deputy District Attorney Sean Hassett wrote:

" ... It is without doubt that from 2003 until January 15, 2007, Richard Alatorre worked as an unregistered lobbyist in the city of Los Angeles in violation of (a Los Angeles Municipal Code section), a misdemeanor ... [And Alatorre] continued working as an unregistered lobbyist'' between Jan. 15, 2007, and Oct. 1, 2007.

The former councilman finally registered as a lobbyist on Oct. 30, 2007.

He had started working for lobbyist and former state Assemblyman Mike Roos in April, 2006.

"By partnering with Alatorre, Roos had the opportunity to make a significant amount of money; and, as a registered lobbyist, he could legally handle the firm's lobbying work by himself. Unfortunately, that is not how the arrangement worked out,'' Hassett stated. "Roos listed Alatorre as a consultant and then paid him to lobby on behalf of their mutual clients.''

Alatorre has been in hot water before. And he did cocaine. Allegedly.

-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us. Follow us on Twitter, too: @dennisjromero.

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