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Richard Alarcon, Felipe Fuentes fight over use of government staffs for political campaigns

City Councilman Richard Alarcon

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Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon categorically rejected an accusation today that one of his staffers was campaigning for him while on city time.

An aide to Los Angeles city councilman Richard Alarcon was accused today of campaigning for his boss while on city time – something the councilman strongly denied.

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, whose chief of staff, Raul Bocanegra, is running against Alarcon to succeed Fuentes in the state Assembly, made the accusation. For his part, Fuentes is running to replace Alarcon on the Los Angeles City Council.

In a letter to the councilman, a copy of which was distributed to media, Fuentes alleged that field deputy Maggie Estrada drove a city vehicle to a neighborhood watch meeting in the district on Aug. 1.

“At the meeting she stated – unprompted – that she would like an opportunity to talk about the candidate she is supporting in the race for the 39th Assembly District. Mrs. Estrada proceeded to pass out literature with your accomplishments from the state Senate,” according to the letter.