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Villaraigosa Ticketgate: District Attorney Launches Inquiry

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The Los Angles District Attorneys Office has begun an inquiry into possible ethics violations made by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Submitted last Thursday, a complaint refers to news articles about free tickets the Mayor accepted -- but did not report -- to 81 events, which included courtside tickets to Lakers games, a seat at the Oscars and to music concerts (Beyoncé, Shakira and Mary J. Blige, to name a few). As for what an inquiry is, D.A. Spokesperson Jane Robinson explained to LAist: "When we receive a complaint of possible wrong doing, we review that; and if we believe there is a criminal misconduct, an investigation will be opened." How long will it take to complete? "However long it takes," she said.