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albert roblesYesterday 2UrbanGirls exclusively shared with you that, Albert Robles, is under investigation by the L.A. County District Attorney’s office.  Back in June of this year, Albert was elected to the Carson city council while already an elected member of the Water Replenishment District (WRD).  Albert is also an attorney having received his Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley and holds a Master’s degree from USC.

After the election, the Los Angeles Times ran an article titled ‘Little’ Al Robles’ big job: Make his own name in politics which discussed his somewhat checkered political past.  The article quoted former L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley stating: “Poor Carson.”  The article also pondered on his ability to sit on two elected seats

I recently sat down with councilman Robles to discuss the issue of whether sitting on two seats poses a conflict or not.  After being let into his office, which has a security pad installed on it (no other elected officials office appear to have this device) he greeted me with a smile and we proceeded to talk.  I too noticed the lack of family photos in his office.

After discussing his time spent working his way from a U.S. Congressional Fellow to water board to council member, we got to the nitty-gritty.  Can he serve on two elected seats?

Robles explained:

contrary to popular belief, there is no law that prevents me from holding two public offices. In actuality, the law prohibits a person from holding two incompatible public offices.  Are the Carson City Council and the WRD Board incompatible public offices?  They are not incompatible because unlike many other cities, the City of Carson does not have groundwater rights, does not pump groundwater, and does not pay for replenishment water supplied by WRD.  There is not now and never has been a contractual relationship of any kind between the two agencies.

Robles went on further to discuss another individual, who also sits on two boards, Dr. Anthony Fellow.  Dr. Fellow serves as President of the board of directors of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and is a trustee for Pasadena City College.

2UrbanGirls inquired of the district attorney’s office if they too were investigating Dr. Fellow for sitting on two board seats.  Jane Robison, senior public information officer in the Dist. Atty. office responded:

We have never received a complaint regarding Anthony Fellows.

The district attorney’s office declined to reveal the nature of the complaint they received on councilman Albert Robles.

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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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