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The indictment of Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon on voter fraud charges has ripples that are being felt in Sacramento. With the possibility of a council seat opening, the posturing and positioning has begun. Ever since Attorney General candidate Steve Cooley, who happens to be the District Attorney in Los Angeles at the moment, announced he was looking at whether or not Alarcon actually lives in his council district, Sacramento pols have been plotting potential next steps. Among them, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes has long coveted Alarcon’s council seat. That would leave an opening for Fuentes’s chief of staff, Raul Contreras, to try to slide into Fuentes’s San Fernando Valley Assembly seat. But the maneuvering of the political crew known as The Valley Boys may have at least one hurdle. Steve Veres, the mayor of San Fernando, is a possible contender for either the council or the Assembly. Veres is also district director for Kevin De Leon  and a former Cindy Montañez staffer. And don’t forget Montañez herself who lost a Senate race to Fuentes pal Alex Padilla. Montañez is doing well for herself professionally, but who knows whether she might consider a run against Fuentes for the council seat? With 12 years in office, a higher salary and a pension, a council seat is arguably a better gig than the Assembly. Just ask Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, Tony Cardenas and Herb Wesson – all former legislators who, like Alarcon, are now on the council.

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