The president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works announced her resignation Friday, less than two months after her daughter was found unattended at City Hall after a late night reception.
Andrea Alarcon has been on leave since November when her daughter, 11, was found in City Hall alone shortly before midnight.
Alarcon came under fire after she was accused of going out drinking one night last fall while leaving her 11-year-old daughter unattended at City Hall.
The incident came as Alarcon faced drunk driving and child endangerment charges in San Bernardino County.
“After much deliberate thought, I have decided to resign from my position as the president of the Board of Public Works and have submitted my letter of resignation to the mayor. I understand and have prayed deeply on the gravity of my actions. I have profound regret for the missteps of my past,” Alarcon said in a statement.
“I am grateful for the difficult lessons that I have learned and am now healthier and stronger. Through this experience, I have been reminded of my most important job – being a mom,” said Alarcon.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accepted Alarcon's resignation, and issued a statement saying that he is "encouraged by her commitment to addressing personal issues that have surfaced in recent months." Villaraigosa expressed confidence that Alarcon "is already on a good path forward."
Alarcon's resignation will take effect next Wednesday. As president of the Board of Public Works, she received a $130,000 salary from the city. Many inside City Hall had expected that a run for city council would be in her future. In the last two years, Alarcon received attention for her decision to pull a permit for the annual Sunset Junction festival and for her push to put a franchise system in place for commercial and multi-family trash pickup.
She is the daughter of L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon.