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Wendy Greuel backs Richard Alarcon's opponent in Assembly race

City Councilman Richard Alarcon

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L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon has had a rough week: first he was ordered to stand trial on voter fraud charges, and now a former council colleague has endorsed his opponent in a state Assembly race.

It hasn’t been a great week for Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon. First, a judge ordered him to stand trial on charges of perjury and voter fraud, and now comes word that his former council colleague, City Controller Wendy Greuel, is endorsing his opponent in the 39th Assembly District race.

Greuel announced Friday her endorsement of Raul Bocanegra. He's the chief of staff to Felipe Fuentes, who is leaving the 39th District to run for Alarcon’s seat on the L.A. City Council.

“Raul Bocanegra is a trusted Valley leader and a proven problem-solver,” Greuel said.  “We can count on Raul to work to protect our schools from budget cuts, secure tax incentives to help create jobs, and bring new economic development to the Valley." 

Alarcon and Greuel served together on the City Council when Greuel represented the Second District. According to a 2010 Los Angeles Times article, Alarcon at one time asked Greuel to move the boundary of her district so that his wife’s Sun Valley home could move into his Seventh District. Greuel declined.

Earlier this week, Alarcon and his wife were ordered to stand trial on allegations they did not live in their Panorama City home in the Seventh District, but rather the Sun Valley home. Each faces perjury and voter fraud. Alarcon is also charged with one count of false declaration of candidacy.

Bocanegra and Alarcon are both Democrats who are on the November ballot because of a new state law that calls for the top two finishers in the primary to advance to the general election even if they're from the same party. Bocanegra topped Alarcon in the primary by slightly more than 2,500 votes. Alarcon served in the State Assembly prior to the City Council.

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