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Dec212012

L.A. CITY HALL: Andrea Alarcon, L.A. County District Attorney evaluation that Alarcon child endangerment case doesn't constitute a felony, case sent back to L.A. City Attorney.... 

* Daily News:  "D.A. won't prosecute Andrea Alarcon for leaving child unattended; other reviews likely" - From the DN:

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office decided Thursday not to prosecute Andrea Alarcón, the city official accused of going drinking while leaving her 11-year-old daughter unattended at City Hall. But the city attorney or attorney general could still file criminal charges against Alarcón in the Nov. 16 incident. She's already facing drunken-driving and child endangerment charges in a 2011 case in which her daughter was in the car.

In a written evaluation released Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Michael Gargiulo said Alarcón's behavior Nov. 16 didn't constitute a felony because she didn't leave her child in circumstances "likely to produce great bodily harm or death." He noted the girl was inside City Hall and security officers watched her for most of the time her mother was gone.

Gargiulo referred the case to the city attorney, which prosecutes misdemeanors. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the City Attorney's Office, said lawyers there believed they could not handle the case because of a conflict of interest. Alarcón, 33, is president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works and thus a client of the city attorney.

DA spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said her office researched the law and believes there is no such conflict of interest. Mateljan said his office will review Gargiulo's evaluation but will likely refer the case to the state attorney general............

***ALSO:

* Los Angeles Times:  "Alarcon child endangerment case isn't felony status, D.A. says" - "L.A. County prosecutors send case back to L.A. city attorney for possible misdemeanor prosecution. the daughter of city commissioner Andrea Alarcon was found alone at City Hall late at night."