Wright is not the only public official accused of violating residency laws. Former Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon is awaiting trial on several counts of perjury and fraud for allegedly lying about where he lived when he ran for office.
He claimed as his residence a rundown house in Panorama City that was perpetually under repair. Prosecutors say he lived outside the district in a nicer Sun Valley home owned by his wife.
I imagine the ways a politician might rationalize the choice: It's a nicer house, a prettier block, a safer neighborhood. It's just a few miles from the district's border. I work hard as a lawmaker and deserve to be comfortable.
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That kind of arrogance fuels contempt for politicians and the election process.
Wright is a successful businessman who began accumulating real estate when he was barely out of college. It's insulting for him to rely on word games — "domicile" versus "home" — or expect us to believe that he's been living for years in someone else's bedroom.
The "travesty" here isn't the prosecution or the conviction, it's Wright's attitude toward the communities whose needs he's supposed to reflect.
It's hard enough for legislators to stay in tune with constituents when they have to spend so much time politicking in Sacramento.
When they come home, it ought to be back to the community that put them in office — not to the fancy hillside home where they keep the expensive suits and park the Maserati.