Andrea Alarcon Resigns, Regrets "Missteps of My Past"

"Through this experience, I have been reminded of my most important job -- being a mom," says commissioner

By Olsen Ebright
|  Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 3:03 PM PDT
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Andrea Alarcon, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works president who came under fire for two alleged instances of child endangerment, announced her resignation Friday.

"I understand and have prayed deeply on the gravity of my actions. I have profound regret for the missteps of my past and apologize to the mayor, council, Department of Public Works, the city family and the residents of Los Angeles," the commissioner wrote in a statement.

"I am grateful for the difficult lessons that I have learned and am now healthier and stronger. Through this experience, I have been reminded of my most important job -- being a mom. I look forward to the next chapter in my life dedicated to my family and my daughter. I ask that our privacy be respected as we continue to heal. It has been an honor and privilege to serve this great city," Alarcon, 33, wrote.

On Nov. 16, 2012, Alarcon allegedly left her 11-year-old daughter at City Hall. On Dec. 30, 2011, Alarcon was allegedly driving under the influence on Highway 18 near Running Springs. Her daughter was in the car at the time of the arrest.

Alarcon was appointed to the position by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Her father is City Councilman Richard Alacron.

"Obviously, as a father, I am concerned about the recent reports in the media about my daughter," Richard Alacron said back in November. "As a family, we take these matters very seriously and are supporting Andrea and my granddaughter through this difficult time."

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