It looks like Richard Alarcon isn't the only Los Angeles city Councilman facing questions about his place of residence. A complaint alleging that fellow Councilman Bernard Parks did not live in his district a few years back remains under review by the county District Attorney's office more than six months after the issue was brought up.
Parks' spokesman made the allegation sound somewhat like the Weekend At Bernie's of political jabs — a dead horse that has been beaten since 2008.
“I talked to the D.A.'s office two weeks ago,” Bernard Parks, Jr. tells the Weekly. “They said basically they were convinced he lives where he says he lives. There is no investigation.”
The Weekly can confirm that last assertion: The D.A.'s office has not called the inquiry an “investigation,” but rather refers to it as a “review,” despite having had looked at the issue for six months.
Alarcon's saga erupted only a month before the Parks complaint, although the D.A.'s office, for whatever reason, dove head first into the matter with search warrants and an “investigation.”
David Demerjian, head of the D.A.'s Public Integrity Division, confirmed that the Parks' complaint was still an open matter, but stressed that the office was conducting a “review.” A deputy would “determine whether a full criminal investigation is warranted,” according to a D.A.'s document.
We're still waiting on that one.
The complaint from a private citizen alleges that Parks claimed a live-in tax credit available homeowners for an Onacrest Drive address that is in Windsor Hills, outside the city of L.A., while he was a councilman. The councilman allegedly did so in 2006 and 2007.
In 2008 Parks put down a Don Ibarra Place address — inside his district — as his place of residence on his candidacy papers.
But “he did not register to vote at his new address” — a Don Milagro Drive residence inside Parks' 8th District — ” … until October, 2008,” according to the complaint.
If the allegations prove true they would bring up a few possible violations: Council members, as Alarcon's case will attest, are supposed to live in their districts. It's a no-no to list a false address on voter-registration papers. And the tax man might want to know exactly where Parks lived when he claimed the live-in owner's credit.
In any case, Bernard Parks, Jr. has wiped his hands of the case, indicating that it's part of a political grudge against his father: “I'm wondering what prompts this. It spikes up every once in a while.”
He invited a reporter to the councilman's house.
“You're more than welcome,” he said.