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Sunday, January 30, 2011

District Attorney Hopeful Mario Trujillo Honored - Trutanich Crashes the Party

Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo picked up the prestigious
Attorney of the Year award at the SEDBA Awards Dinner
Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo's candidacy for District Attorney in the 2012 elections received a major boost last night when he was presented with the Attorney of the Year award by the South East District Bar Association.

District Attorney Steve Cooley presented Trujillo with SEDBA's award, but not before bringing the house down with a few side-splitting remarks, like "Is there anyone here who is not running for District Attorney?" and in what was, perhaps, a jab at party-crashing Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich (see below)  Cooley noted Trujillo has "... the support of the entire South-East of Los Angeles, Trutanich only has San Pedro!"

Humor aside,  Cooley genuinely expressed thanks and acknowledgment for Trujillo's career-long dedication to upholding the finest traditions of the DA's Office and setting an example to others. It was definitely Trujillo's night, and to say that the audience were enthusiastic as praise upon praise was heaped upon Trujillo, would be an understatement.

TRUTANICH TRIES TO STEAL THE SHOW
If there was a dark moment to an otherwise joyous evening, it came when Cooley was just about to present Trujillo with his award; to the shock of the audience City Attorney Carmen Trutanich interrupted the proceedings.

"I love you man!" Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was a surprise visitor at
the awards dinner, but nevertheless made sure everyone knew he was there, and why.
(Photo credit: TRU is False)

"Wait! Wait! Wait!" screamed Trutanich as he forged his way to the podium and grabbed center stage. Trutanich, who had arrived at the awards dinner late and was not listed as a speaker, had been confined to a table in the far corner of the room as the capacity crowd were already seated. He had been observed craning his neck around the room, perhaps looking for a better seating position.

Suddenly Trutanich was on his feet armed with an fistful of calligraphic scrolls, and was not going to be stopped. In what appeared to many as something of a "Kayne West - Taylor Swift" moment, Trutanich proceeded to give his own impromptu speech recognizing the achievements of not only Mario Trujillo, but the other honorees who had not yet even been introduced.

Judging by reports of the audience's reaction, this was not a welcome interruption, and Trutanich's excuse that he had interrupt because he had leave early to catch a plane to DC, was singularly unimpressive. He could have been flying to Idaho for all anyone seemed to care, "and the sooner the better" was how one of the guests summed up this fiasco.

As Trutanich left the room, perhaps DC bound, perhaps not, few had any doubts as to Trutanich's true motive, and if he had previously enjoyed the support of the South East District Bar Association, those days now appear to be over.

CHARACTER COUNTS
If anyone had any doubts as to whether Trujillo has what it takes to run a viable campaign for District Attorney, Trujillo, former President of the Mexican American Bar Association, delivered an acceptance speech that had the audience eating out of the palms of his hands. In marked contrast to the disgraced City Attorney, Trujillo spoke respectfully, intelligently, and with a gravitas that suggests that Trujillo has what it takes to be a real leader and real contender. Notably, Trujillo had the grace not to even mention Trutanich's side show.

This was, in every sense, Mario Trujillo's night. The momentum he now has will probably never be greater, and many now expect Trujillo to parlay the support that he now undoubtedly has into a robust, thoughtful and effective campaign to be the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tabloids Trash Trutanich - Cooley Cools it With The Clown

Say whatever you like about City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, he's always good for a story on a slow news day.

Jim Newton's op-ed piece in the LA Times calls Trutanich "a bit odd," noting that  "...He loves to talk — and rambles around an answer, distracting himself so often that it can take him 10 minutes to return to his original point," and that "... his eyes dampen a bit when he shares such thoughts as "All I want to do is to do my job.""

Few who know Trutanich would disagree, but perhaps worse for Trutanich are the observations of a commenter "Truth and Justice for All" who suggests that Trutanich's rambling, distraction and crocodile tears are all part of the art of manipulation mastered by Trutanich. More at the TRU is False blog where they're also calling Trutanich the new McCarthy.

District Attorney Steve Cooley's close relationship with
Carmen Trutanich is said to be over. (credit: Political Pantloads)
 The LA Weekly also has a piece on Trutanich's aspirations to become District Attorney. According to Gene Maddaus, Cooley was "livid" when he found out that Trutanich had started a campaign to become District Attorney without telling him. The Political Pantloads blog had previously hinted that all was not well between the two buddies, but the LA Weekly was the first fishwrap to validate the rumor.

TRU is False is also calling Trutanich a coward for hiding behind his Chief Deputy to deliver a threat to City Council not to cut his budget or he will stop prosecuting crimes. It seems that Trutanich has started to make it more difficult for LAPD to present cases to the City Attorney's Office for prosecution, according to a report from KFI's Eric Leonard.

Trutanich's viability as a candidate for District Attorney must be spiraling downward as Cooley, formerly his chief fundraiser, abandons him, and as more and more of his supporters seem to be doing the same thing. All of which must be very encouraging to DA hopefuls Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson, both of whom are busy gathering support with the blessing of Cooley.

Oh, one last thing, thanks to Scott Johnson in CD14 at the Mayor Sam Blog for appreciating the Dragnet's coverage of the District Attorney candidates.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DA Race - 10 Candidates Likely

Our recent 3-part review covered 9 potential candidates, however, a tenth candidate is believed to be holding serious behind-the-scenes discussions and will likely join the race.

In the interests of fairness, we review the most recent entrant, yet another Deputy District Attorney, Robert "Bobby" Grace.
Deputy District Attorney Robert "Bobby" Grace
is believed to be seriously considering joining the race.
(Photo credit: streetgangs.com)
 According to Grace's Bio on the PMW Associates website,

"Robert (Bobby) Grace has been a deputy DA with LA County since 1988. During his tenure, Bobby has been assigned to the Hard Core Gang and Family Violence divisions of the DA's office. He has prosecuted over 60 murder trials and several special circumstance murder cases. He is probably best known for having prosecuted Snoop Doggy Dogg for murder in 1996. In 2003 Bobby prosecuted three special circumstance murder cases including Henry Hayes, a Los Angeles minister accused of killing his wife and seven year old daughter. All three cases resulted in convictions and multiple life sentences for each defendant. In 2004 he convicted an 87-year old man for killing his 82-year old wife because she "nagged him too much." It is believed to be the oldest person convicted of murder in LA County history.

Bobby attended UCLA as an undergraduate and served as student body vice-president and president. He graduated from Loyola Law School and began his career in the DA's office immediately upon graduation. Mr. Grace recently completed service on the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors and is immediate past president of the UCLA Black Alumni Association. He serves on the board of directors of the non-profit girls mentorship program WYSE."

Grace is rumored to have strong ties to the Democrat party, as well as a connection to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Grace is understood to be seeking the services of Ace Smith as campaign manager.

In other news:
Primary Election Date Correction: We apologize for previously misstating the date of the primary election as February 25, 2012. That is the correct date for the Presidential Primary (much earlier than historically) however the primary election for District Attorney (and other county offices) will be June 5, 2012.

Cooley To Cool Relations With Trutanich?: According to the Political Pantloads Blog, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has secured the services of John Shallman to manage his campaign. Pantloads states that the previously close relationship enjoyed by Trutanich and District Attorney Cooley is now "strained," perhaps as a result of Trutanich taking offense at Cooley's implied comment that Trutanich is not qualified to serve as a District Attorney. Cooley, perhaps, taking that view due to Trutanich's apparent lack of concern about reneging on his promise not to run for District Attorney, nor any other elected office until he has completed a full first term as City Attorney and sought a second term.

Mario Trujillo Getting Serious: The rumor mill also has it that Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo will formally announce his candidacy "by the end of the month." We outlined Trujillo's candidacy in Part II of our series, and now understand the Trujillo has received a great deal of support and commitment to mount a viable campaign. Trujillo's website currently remains "under construction" but will probably aim to beat Alan Jackson's widely acclaimed campaign website: AlanJacksonForDA.com.

Jackie Lacey's Campaign Gains Momentum: Cooley's pick of the current crop of candidates, Assistant District Attorney Jackie Lacey, is believed to be actively developing a powerful campaign strategy. Lacey has been spotted around Los Angeles meeting with "all the right people" in order that she can formally announce her candidacy with a slew of endorsements and bi-partisan support.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

CRA - Stash the Cash Capper

Chris E$$el (right), chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency, has signed off on a quick transfer of close to $1B of taxpayer funds in a move to prevent Governor Brown from halting the statewide expenditure of those funds.

Although many don't understand the dark workings of the CRA, most understand that in a time of fiscal crisis, spending public money on pet projects has to sacrificed for more important projects - like maybe fixing LA's crumbling streets and filling a few potholes.

Ron Kaye sounded the first alarm bell of the rush to stash the cash, now Mulholland Terrace is calling for State Attorney General to investigate.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Candidates for Los Angeles District Attorney, Part III

Before we conclude our review of the nine candidates we have selected as either having officially announced their campaigns to run for Los Angeles District Attorney in 2012, here's a little news.

Part II candidate Seve Ipsen topped the list of comments on Part II. Always controversial, Ipsen drew both sharp criticism and praise.

Part I candidate Alan Jackson, yesterday released a press statement showing that in the month of December he raised an impressive $113,870.13 in campaign contributions - undoubtedly a great start to a well-planned campaign.

Assistant District Attorney Jackie Lacey appears to have selected www.jackielacey.com as her campaign website. Visitors to that URL are greeted with the following message "The Committee to Elect Jackie Lacey for DA Website is under construction. Check back soon for the unveiling." A sure sign that Lacey's announcement is imminent.

Danette Meyers meanwhile, used the LA Weekly to take a few shots at Lacey, perhaps a sign that she feels less confident (desperation?) about her chances now that Lacey's getting her campaign going.

So we turn to the remaining three candidates, perhaps the ones most likely to make it to the February 25, 2011 primary election, if they run.

Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney

Carmen Trutanich (right) and District Attorney Steve Cooley (left) were virtually joined at the hip
during Trutanich's campaign to become City Attorney, as well as through the early months of
Trutanich's tenure in City Hall. That relationship may be becoming strained as Cooley did not expect
Trutanich to renege on a campaign promise to serve a full first term, and not run for District Attorney.

 Next up is Carmen Trutanich, the current Los Angeles City Attorney. Trutanich  was elected as City Attorney in 2009 with the support of Steve Cooley. Although many claim Trutanich to be a Republican, in fact he is a "Decline To State" and enjoys support from all sides of the political spectrum.

Trutanich was a Deputy District Attorney in the 1980's before embarking on a successful 20 year career as a criminal defense attorney.  Since becoming City Attorney, Trutanch has achieved remarkable, if sometimes controversial, success in rebuilding the City Attorneys Office into an effective, accountable and efficient agency. Although some accuse Trutanich of being a micro-manager and somewhat overbearing in forcing the City Attorney's Office to adopt his policies, there is no question that his "My way or the highway" approach has weeded out weakness in the Office.

Notwithstanding his campaign pledge to serve a full first term as City Attorney, and to seek a second, Trutanich has made no secret of his desire to become District Attorney, and his campaign will surprise few. Trutanich relied heavily on Cooley's support for his City Attorney campaign, and doubtless Trutanich will seek Cooley's support again. However, for the time being, Cooley appears to be refusing to take a position on Trutanich's candidacy (see below).

Expect an official announcement from Trutanich early in 2011, and expect John Shallman to be his campaign mentor.

Rocky Delgadillo, former Los Angeles CityAttorney


Rocky Delgadillo certainly had a rocky ride as City Attorney, but recently proved that he is still a
major force in politics, coming a close second to Kamala Harris in the Attorney General primary.
Rocky Delgadillo served two terms as Los Angeles City Attorney before being termed out and running an unsuccessful campaign to become State Attorney General. Delgadillo, a Democrat, is a likable career politician who used his tenure at the City Attorney's Office to forge valuable local alliances with the electorate.

Even though Delgadillo failed to beat San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in the democrat primary election for Attorney General, Delgadillo came a very close second and cannot be dismissed. Delgadillo can count on city-wide support from a wider base than Mike Feuer, based on his name recognition and ties to the Latino community.

With no other viable political office on the horizon, don't be surprised to hear that Delgadillo is running for District Attorney, and don't be surprised at the amount of campaign cash he can raise.

Steve Cooley, District Attorney of Los Angeles County


Will he? Won't he? Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley holds the answer to the question
that all the other candidates want to hear. Cooley would make history if he were elected to a 4th term.
 We list Cooley last, but by no means least. He had his nose blooded for the first time in his remarkable career by the wafer thin loss in the Attorney General race and that probably makes him somewhat disinclined to re-enter the fray, but there's no denying that Steve Cooley has been the most successful District Attorney in recent history. Additionally, Cooley's candidacy in the mid-term election should not be seem as a barometer of political capital; he was overshadowed, if not overwhelmed, by blind partisanship as Californian Democrats fought to stem the tide of national anti-Obama sentiment.

The same will not be the case in 2012 as, even though Obama will be seeking a second presidential term, there will be fewer major state elections, and the non-partisan nature of the District Attorney election could well favor Cooley.

In 2008 Cooley won a virtually unprecedented third term as LA's "Top Cop," something that had not happened since Buron Fits in 1936. Cooley's tenure as District Attorney is perhaps best described as the sound and thoughtful voice of reason, rather than that of a knee-jerk reactor to hot button issues. When Cooley's Public Integrity Division filed charges against the egregiously corrupt government of the City of Bell, it was not a sudden, rash move, but the result of a thorough investigation backed up with sound legal theories of culpability and strong evidence. This stands in marked contrast to Attorney General Jerry Brown's scramble to 'file something' against the City of Bell. Brown received harsh criticism from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph W. Dau who said of Brown's lawsuit that there was no stated legal basis for it and "… So I'm wondering, is this just a political lawsuit?"

Cooley's solid and sound stewardship of the District Attorney's Office is as much a testament to his level headed approach to law enforcement as it is a testament to the talented and capable management team he has built in his ten years at the helm. His will be a hard act to follow, and other than Jacky Lacey, few candidates appear to have the same depth of experience and level headedness that Cooley has employed to make the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office the premier law enforcement agency that it is.

When Cooley conceded the Attorney General Election in December 2010, Cooley stated “I will complete my third term and finish my career as a professional prosecutor in the office where it began over 37 years ago," signaling, perhaps, that Cooley would retire from the political arena. However, days later when Alan Jackson announced his candidacy, Cooley told reporters that he would consider running for reelection if no qualified candidates stepped up to succeed him or if any overly partisan contenders appeared likely to win.

Cooley's statement indicates that he has not ruled out seeking a fourth term, and will likely refrain from making any decisions, either to run himself or endorse any particular candidate, until at least the summer of 2011. By then he will have had a chance to evaluate the policies and viability of the various candidates. Viability probably has to be measured in terms of fundraising, and therein lies the rub; Lacey, Jackson and Trutanich would otherwise heavily on their association with Cooley to raise money, but if Cooley is indeed going to refrain from publicly supporting any candidate at this early stage, they are all very much on their own when it comes to fundraising.

Cooley, in his own right, has an almost unparalleled ability to raise the estimated $3M to $4M it will take to win in 2012. He raised as much in his Attorney General campaign, and unlike most of the other candidates, Cooley now has valuable statewide relationships with supporters who would willingly fund his campaign.

Expect Cooley to make an announcement in the summer of 2011. His likely choices of campaign managers might appear to be limited as other candidates will have secured the services of those he has previously relied upon. However, Cooley built a powerful campaign machine for his AG race, and should he decide to run, a number of candidates will withdraw, probably leaving Cooley with the ability to drawn on the services of Kevin Spillane, John Shallman and John Thomas to run a powerful campaign.

Wrapping It Up

The race has barely started, but don't expect it to be a sleepy start. Some candidates may be surprised to find the advancement of the date of the primary from June to February, gives them little time to ponder, and the longer they wait, the harder it will become to raise the money necessary to stand a chance in topping the bill in the primary.

Cooley is basically the only candidate who has the luxury of playing wait and see, and his decision to run or endorse will likely be pivotal in this election.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Candidates for Los Angeles District Attorney Part II

We continue our review of the nine potential candidates for the 2012 District Attorney election, and note with surprise that almost all comments on Part I were concerned with candidates other than the three covered.

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich drew a mixed bag of comments, mostly unfavorable and probably unfair.

We also note that the rumor mill suggests that Assistant District Attorney Jackie Lacey will formally announce her candidacy today, Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

So here are Part II's Trio:

Mario Trujillo, Deputy District Attorney

Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo

Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo is a widely liked and respected career prosecutor who was recently installed as president of the influential Mexican American Bar Association (MABA). He also serves on the board for the Latino Prosecutors Foundation of Los Angeles County and on the board for the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Trujillo was a formidable trial attorney in the DA's Office Hardcore Gang Division where he was responsible for prosecuting the most serious of crimes and gang-related murders. He also served as a Special Assistant and is currently in charge of an Area Office.

Like Meyers, Trujillo's website www.MarioTrujilloForDA.com is currently only a placeholder, however, it has been around for longer than Meyers'. However, if Trujillo is really serious about his aspirations to be LA's "Top Cop," expect a more formal announcement imminently, and hopefully a more dynamic website.

Veteran campaign strategist Ace Smith has been rumored as a potential campaign manager, but Smith probably comes at a high price having recently masterminded Kamala Harris's successful AG campaign.

Mike Feuer, California Assemblyman
Michael Feuer is currently California
Assemblyman for the 42nd Assembly District

If the rumor mill is correct, Assemblyman Michael Feuer is seriously contemplating a run for District Attorney as he will be termed out as Assemblyman for California's 42nd Assembly District in 2012.

Feuer is a former City Councilmember who came very close to beating Rocky Delgadillo in the 2001 race for City Attorney. Feuer is a Westside Democrat who enjoys substantial support from the well healed West Los Angeles community. 

Feuer does not appear to have an active campaign website, but is also rumored to be vying for the services of Ace Smith to manage a campaign.

Feuer is the first candidate mentioned here who is an "outsider," meaning that he has absolutely no prosecutorial experience whatsoever. However, his standing as a respected Democrat and his ability to garner substantial financial support from the Westside community makes him a very viable candidate.

Steve Ipsen, Deputy District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen

Steve Ipsen is a Deputy District Attorney who previously ran unsuccessfully against Steve Cooley for District Attorney in 2008. A Republican, Ipsen has been an outspoken supporter of more stringent enforcement of anti illegal alien laws, and a sharp critic of Special Order 40 - the Los Angeles Police Department protocol that some say provides Sanctuary City status to illegal immigrants. Ipsen has been a strong victims rights advocate and was instrumental in obtaining serious financial support from Broadcom Billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III to run a campaign to defeat Proposition 66, a measure that would have effectively destroyed California's Third Strikes law.

Ipsen is widely rumored to be mounting a campaign to run for District Attorney in 2012, and will likely run on a platform focusing on his anti illegal alien and victims rights positions. Ipsen is believed to be "getting his ducks in a row" for a 'tough on crime' campaign and will likely garner considerable support from Henry Nicholas as a result of Ipsen's personal support for Nicholas while under Federal investigation for alleged securities fraud and drugs violations. All charges against Nicholas were dropped and Ipsen was amongst those on the courthouse steps to publicly congratulate Nicholas at the end of his ordeal. Although campaign finance laws limit the amount of money Nicholas can directly contribute to a Ipsen's campaign, his ability to reach out the victims rights network as well as financing a PAC, could result in substantial support for Ipsen.

Expect an announcement from Ipsen early in 2011, probably in the form of a "grass roots" campaign through the victims rights network, before a more polished and well funded campaign later in the year.

Part III Preview
Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney
Always a controversial figure for "doing the right thing," but is he too 'right' to be LA's DA?

Rocky Delgadillo, former Los Angeles City Attorney
His unhappy tenure at the City Attorney's Office seems a distant memory now, but he poled well in the 2010 Democratic Primary, is all forgiven and forgotten?

Steve Cooley, District Attorney of Los Angeles County
The Three Term incumbent missed AG by less than 1%, but in a non-partisan election LA could re-elect him by a landslide!

Keep the comments clean, but keep them coming. The 2012 Primary is set for February 25, 2012, and these people need your input to form their campaigns.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Candidates for Los Angeles District Attorney

With the 2010 presidential mid-term elections a not so distant memory, we're back in election campaign mode sooner than expected because of the rather  unexpected result of the Attorney General race. This has forced some of those pondering a run for LA County's Top-Cop slot to announce their campaigns earlier than would have otherwise been the case.

We've identified 9 potential candidates, 3 of which are already known and the others, perhaps, are no surprise. In the first of a three part series, we now take a look at the nascent campaigns, and the likely candidates.

Jackie Lacey, Assistant District Attorney
 
Rarely photographed, Assistant DA Jackie Lacey (right) is pictured here
at the recent swearing-in of LA Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba (center).



We list Jackie Lacey first because if District Attorney Steve Cooley had become Attorney General in the mid-terms, he wanted the Board of Supervisors to appoint Lacey as his replacement - interim District Attorney.

Lacey, a native Los Angeleno and a Democrat, was widely accepted to have been the Board's choice given her impressive 25 year record as a carer prosecutor and one of Cooley's top administrators. Although that appointment would have made Lacey an incumbent and therefore a natural favorite for the 2012 election, she nevertheless remains the favorite for the very same reasons as made her most suited as the interim DA - she is the most qualified candidate.

Lacey has quietly and thoughtfully been planning her campaign for over a year, and will likely announce her candidacy early in 2011. Lacey has been in contact with a number of highly regarded campaign consultants, but has yet to finalize her choice.

Alan Jackson, Deputy District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson
collects the 2010 Prosecutor of the Year Award.
Jackson gets the second spot as he was first out of the box, announcing his candidacy on December 6, 2010. Jackson, a Republican from Texas, has been a prosecutor for 16 years and is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Division of the DA's Office where he received national recognition in the murder prosecution of Phil Spector.   

Jackson's ambition to run for DA was an open secret at the DA's Office and his boss, Steve Cooley has undoubtedly helped position Jackson as a candidate by nominating him for the 2010 Prosecutor of the Year award. Nevertheless, the pair have acknowledged their joint agreement that, should Cooley decide to run for an historic fourth term in 2012, Jackson will withdraw his candidacy and support Cooley.

Jackson swiftly announced a major endorsement from Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine, who also made it clear that he would otherwise back Cooley in a re-election bid. Nevertheless Zine extolled Jackson’s qualifications for the office.

“If you look at his career, he’s handled very difficult cases, he has a very good reputation, he’s very effective and very successful,” Zine told the Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise.

Jackson is believed to have hired up and coming political strategist John Thomas to manage his campaign. Thomas has an enviable track record with Republican campaigns, having been a major factor in Cooley's AG campaign as well as that of recently elected City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. Jackson also gains kudos for his excellent campaign website, AlanJacksonForDA.com, created by Midnight Oil.

Danette Meyers, Deputy District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers
Next up is Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers. Meyers is a Democrat and is listed third only because she is the most recent to announce her candidacy.  On December 30, 2010, Meyer went public with a press release stating that "If elected, she will be the first female and first African American District Attorney of Los Angeles County," a clear indication that Meyers views race as central to her campaign.

Like Jackson, Meyers has been a "Prosecutor of the Year" and, according to her press release, was also "the first female African American President of the LA County Bar Association."

Also, like Jackson, Meyers is no stranger to high profile cases having personally ensured that Hollywood's favorite bad girl, Lidsay Lohan, was put behind bars for 13 days.

It is not known whether Meyers is working with any particular campaign strategist, and her website, http://www.danetteforda.com/ appears to be more of a placeholder than anything more serious.

So here are the first three of the nine candidates for the 2012 Los Angeles District Attorney race that we're focusing in on. The 2012 Primary Election will be on February 25, 2012, much earlier than in the past when it took place in June. The reason for the date change is, supposedly, to give California a bigger say in the Presidential election.

In our subsequent parts we will take a look at the other candidates:


Mario Trujillo, Deputy District Attorney
Mike Feuer, California Assemblyman
Steve Ipsen, Deputy District Attorney
Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles City Attorney
Rocky Delgadillo, former Los Angeles City Attorney
Steve Cooley, District Attorney of Los Angeles County

Yes, there are more, Deputy District Attorneys Robert "Bobby" Grace and David Berger have been mentioned as potential candidates, as well as former Councilmember Jack Weiss, to name but a few, however, for the present were staying focused on those most likely to run.