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Probation for L.A.'s Top Budget Official in DUI Case

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Los Angeles' City Adminstrative Officer Miguel Santana today plead "no contest" to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol, a charge stemming from March when he was involved in heavy budget discussions with City Council.

Santana today was immediately sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to pay $1,737 in fines and penalty assessments, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Jarvis. He was also ordered to enroll in a six-month drinking-driver program and to view victims of alcohol-related accidents in a hospital and morgue program. A second count, driving while having a .08% or higher blood alcohol, was dismissed under terms of a negotiated plea agreement.