Andrea Alarcón, whose resignation from the high-ranking position took effect today, faces misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and child endangerment from a 2011 incident that happened off Highway 18 as she was traveling from Big Bear Lake.
Lawyers in the case were present for the hearing in a San Bernardino Superior courtroom, but Alarcon was not. Since the charges are both misdemeanors, it is not necessary for Alarcon to appear before a judge, defense attorney Michael Scafiddi said.
"There is no real purpose for her to be here," he said. "It makes for a further public spectacle."
Two days before New Year's Day 2011, Alarcon was driving south on Route 18 out of Big Bear Lake when she got a flat tire, causing her car to block traffic. A California Highway Patrol officer who stopped to assist Alarcon performed a field sobriety test. Alarcon blew at least a 0.15, according to court documents.
She had been travelling with her daughter.
Last week, Alarcon, 33, announced she would step down from her post as president of the Board of Public Works, following scrutiny from an incident in November when her 11-year-old daughter was found alone late at night at City Hall.
Alarcon was allegedly partying at a nearby hotel in downtown Los Angeles, according to sources.
When she eventually met up with her daughter at the Los Angeles police station, Alarcón appeared intoxicated, officials said.
The attorney general is reviewing the incident and no charges have been filed yet, but the incident drew widespread attention, Scafiddi said.
The pretrial hearing for the San Bernardino County charges was continued to March 4.
Scafiddi said his client wants to resolve this case without a trial.
"She wants to get this behind her," he said.