Serna-Mayorga, who is free on $50,000 bail, did not enter a plea in her arraignment that lasted less than a minute in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick.
The 40-year-old defendant is the daughter of the late former mayor Joe Serna Jr. and the sister of Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna.
She was represented today by Sacramento defense attorney Bill Portanova. Deputy District Attorney Michael Blazina will prosecute the case.
McCormick scheduled her next court date for Jan. 30.
PHOTO: Lisa Serna-Mayorga, the former mayoral aide accused of misappropriating public funds, is arraigned on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench