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Lara Out, Unsalaried Job Available

As he said he would do, Planning Commissioner Ricardo Lara submitted a letter of resignation to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office last night, a spokesperson for the Mayor's office tells us. The Mayor now has 45 days to nominate a new commissioner to fill Lara's spot (and then the City Council has to approve the nominee). According to the SacBee, Lara was appointed to the Planning Commission in early 2008. Today the LA Times reported that Lara has been soliciting funds for his Assemblymen race in the 50th district, but the district isn't in Los Angeles, and a planning commissioner can't serve on the committee if he doesn't live in Los Angeles. Hence the conflict, and hence the resignation.