The Los Angeles District Attorney is reviewing complaints that Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke lives in her Brentwood home which is located outside her Supervisoral district.
This story was “PUSHED” by the Los Angeles Times last Friday in an investigative piece that involved stalking and videotaping the Supervisor as she drove and was driven to and from work.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Monday it is reviewing allegations that Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is living in a gated Brentwood home rather than in her predominantly South Los Angeles district, where she must live by law.
A district attorney’s spokeswoman said the office has received at least one complaint after a Times report Friday that Burke has been staying overnight in a 4,000-square-foot residence with a swimming pool and tennis court, even though the supervisor said she considers a townhouse in Mar Vista, on the edge of her district, her principal residence.
In an effort to defuse the controversy, Burke on Monday allowed The Times to review checks and other documents from a kitchen remodeling project at the 1,200-square-foot townhouse on busy Centinela Avenue in the 2nd District.
She said the renovation â€” knocking down a wall and replacing cabinets and tile, among other work, prevented her from staying overnight at the townhouse.
As Flap has written before, this is a tempest in a teapot. Ok, The Los Angeles Times caught the 74 year old Los Angeles County Supervisor who has over thirty years of government service sleeping with her husband in their Brentwood home. Burke has already stated she will not seek re-election next year.
So, Flap asks what is the BFD here?
The Los Angeles District Attorney will NOT be able to investigate this matter without the consent of the California Attorney General Jerry Brown. There is a conflict of interest inherent in any investigation and it will have to be done by the AG’s office. Do you REALLY think Attorney General Jerry Brown, who wants to run for Governor in 2010 will expeditiously dispose of this matter?
And how long will that take?
A long time.
Again, Flap writes: Supervisor Burke will NOT be running for re-election next year.
You ask what will the result of this “big investigation” by the Times?
- The Los Angeles District Attorney and California Attorney General’s office will waste staff resources and money launching a meaningless investigation and will eventually make findings.
- Supervisor Burke will sleep in her condominium most weeknights for appearances sake but return to her Brentwood home on the weekends and when she is on holiday.
- And, you may have some reform legislation started in the California Legislature in a few years.
Here is video of the Supervisor defending herself yesterday. Note how she addresses the issue of “INTENT.”
Yesterday, the Supervisor had this to say:
Burke released a statement on Monday that said she was notified by The Times “about a possible investigation into my residency by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.”
“I welcome the DA’s thorough investigation into my residency in the Second District,” Burke said. “At this point, I am no longer commenting on this matter.”