The night police were searching for Andrea Alarcón after discovering her 11-year-old daughter unattended at City Hall shortly before midnight, the president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works was hanging out with friends at a hotel two blocks away, sources said Thursday.
Alarcón, an appointee of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department on child endangerment because of the incident. She hasn't been arrested or charged.
Her daughter was found alone at City Hall shortly before midnight Nov. 16, the same night Project Restore, a preservation and architecture group, held a party in the building.
Alarcón serves on the Project Restore board and attended the party. At some point in the evening, Alarcón and guests from the party ended up at the DoubleTree Hotel, according to City Hall sources with direct knowledge of the event. Sources say the small group at the hotel included Lorraine Green, who works as an administrative assistant to Villaraigosa.
The DoubleTree, formerly known as the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, on Los Angeles Street, is two blocks away from City Hall.
According to sources, Green had rented a hotel room at the DoubleTree so she didn't have to drive home. It's unclear whether the group was celebrating at the bar at the DoubleTree or in Green's hotel room, or both places.
Green didn't respond to a request for comment.
After being contacted by police around 2 a.m., Alarcón took a taxi to LAPD's Central Division station to retrieve her daughter.
Alarcón makes more than $127,000 a year in her position on the Board of Public Works. Following the incident, she announced her leave of absence from the post for treatment for an unspecified condition.
The investigation follows revelations that Alarcón was arrested in December on suspicion of driving under the influence and cruelty to a child because her daughter was in the car.
On Thursday, Herschel Chalk, father of the 11-year-old girl, expressed concern about his daughter.
"Andrea and I no longer have a relationship, but my priority is the safety of my daughter," said Chalk, who lives in Cincinnati and spends summers with his daughter.
Alarcón wasn't reachable. Her father, Councilman Richard Alarcón, declined to comment.
In a statement last week, Richard Alarcón defended his daughter and said he was glad she was "seeking the professional help she needs."
The Nov. 16 Project Restore party honored Villaraigosa. The mayor attended the event, but then left City Hall, his spokesman Peter Sanders said.
"The mayor wasn't with Commissioner Alarcón after the Project Restore party," Sanders said.