Anybody home?

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 24 felony counts of perjury and voter fraud.

They claimed that they lived in a house in Panorama City in Alarcon’s council district.

But they didn’t.

“Alarcon faces two felony counts of filing a false declaration of candidacy, once in 2006 and again in 2008,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “He also faces seven counts of voter fraud, stemming from elections he voted in between 2007 and 2009, and nine counts of perjury — including three for allegedly filing false driver’s license applications.”

It’s a felony?

Does Henry Waxman know that?

America Wants to Know was tipped awhile back that Congressman Henry Waxman, Democrat of California, no longer has a residence in the state. We were a little skeptical of the claim, but we did some research, and it appears to be true.

Rep. Waxman filed a Candidate Registration and Qualification form for the June 2010 Democratic primary that lists his residence as a condominium building in Beverly Hills — we won’t reveal the address, you can view the document in Room 2013 at the Los Angeles County offices in Norwalk — but publicly available property records show that all 36 units in the building are owned by people who are not Henry Waxman.

He could be renting, of course, but from a cross-check of White Pages listings and property records, it doesn’t appear so.

However, one of Henry Waxman’s relatives lives in that building.

Unit 201 is owned, and apparently occupied, by Rep. Waxman’s Aunt Ruth, the 93-year-old widow of the congressman’s Uncle Al. (She remarried, but we won’t reveal her married name. You can Google her yourself.)

Anyway, the point is that Rep. Henry Waxman, the 18-term congressman and powerful chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, appears to be doing exactly what City Councilman Richard Alarcon has been doing, and Richard Alarcon is facing multiple felony counts of perjury and voter fraud.

According to publicly available property records, Congressman Waxman and his wife Janet own a home in Bethesda, Maryland.

According to a series of reports of the California legislature between the late 1940s and the early 1960s, Uncle Al Waxman was quite a character.

According to Congressman Waxman’s book, “The Waxman Report,” Henry Waxman remains “very close” to his Aunt Ruth.

He doesn’t have much choice. It’s a one-bedroom apartment.

Copyright 2010

Susan Shelley posted at 2010-8-5 Category: Uncategorized