Wednesday, February 16, 2011

District Attorney Candidates Campaigns Take Shape

Although the primary election is 16 months away, the candidates are not letting the grass grow. We now list some of the developments we are aware of.

Assistant District Attorney Jackie Lacey Kicks Off Campaign With Fundraiser

On Saturday, February 26, 2011, Jackie Lacey will hold a meet and greet fundraiser to kick off her campaign.  For $45 meet Jackie, enjoy a buffet dinner, and enjoy a screening of an award winning independent film entitled "Barakumentary." The film documents a young man's personal journey from Los Angeles (Leimert Park) to Washington, D. C., in January 2009, to witness the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. The film won an award at a New York Independent Film festival but has never been shown in Los Angeles. The film makers will be present to introduce the film.
RSVP to by Februrary 24.

It's a grass roots start, but with moves afoot in Sacramento to change the date of the Presidential Primary from February to coincide with the DA and State Primaries in June 2012, it could be that a grass roots campaign will give Lacey the support she needs to secure the top slot in the November run-off.

Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers' Campaign Website Now Live

I don't know if our previous report provided Danette with the spur to launch her website,, or if it was just coincidence, but her campaign website is now live.

We understand that Meyers was also an add-on speaker at today's Beverly Hills Bar Association lunch time event at Lawry's in Beverly Hills. Aptly, for Meyers who is handling the Lindsay Lohan case, the event was entitled "Celebrities In Crisis" and Meyers joined Attorneys Mark Geragos, Blair Berk and PR Guru Stan Rosenfield to discuss the do's and don'ts of handling celebrity cases.

Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo Working Hard For March Launch

We understand that Trujillo's been "meeting the right people" in the community and is targeting early March for the launch of his campaign website as well as some serious fundraising. As Trujillo made clear when he formally announced his candidacy at the Mexican American Bar Association's Annual Installation Gala, he's not shy asking supporters for money, and our sources tell us that he's going to be asking for big numbers.  

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to Likely to Fight Council Plans to Outsource Criminal Prosecution

City Attorney Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich's 'aggressive stance' towards
political protesters likened to that of Stalin and Mubarak
(Credit: Political Pantloads Blog)
 If there was outrage at Trutanich's threat not to prosecute crimes because of budget cuts, his decision to somehow find the money to allow him to take personal charge of prosecuting political protesters is believed to have caused many Los Angeles City Councilmembers to take the 'Perry Mason Proposal' to strip Trutanich of power to prosecute misdemeanor crimes even more seriously.

The Perry Mason Proposal calls for the City Council to investigate the financial advantages attendant to contracting with the District Attorney's Office for the prosecution of misdemeanor crimes. The move could save the City millions of dollars, but perhaps now even more importantly, strip Trutanich of the ability to selectively prosecute those he does not agree with.

Many see Trutanich's vow to jail the political protesters as abusive of his powers. That is, perhaps, particularly so because he is personally overriding the City Attorney's Office long-established policy of handling peaceful law-breaking political protesters by way of an informal office hearing or perhaps an infraction fine. Additionally, Trutanich's "aggressive stance" appears to be out of touch with reality and lacking perspective at a time when the rest of the free world is saluting the actions of peaceful political protesters in the Middle East.

Trutanich is likely to vigorously oppose any plan to strip him of the power to handle criminal prosecutions, however, he is on the record for saying that he does not have sufficient resources to do so, and his own statements could be his biggest problem in fending off this proposal.


Anonymous said...

Trutanich needs to back off the political protestors. He's making the City Attorney's Office look like a vindictive and oppressive tool of the far right. I voted for Nuch because I thought he was fair and open, but after the way he reneged on his promises to the medical marijuana community, he's turned into a complete tyrant. You've lost my vote Nuch.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Trutanich should have been at the "Celebrities In Crisis" meeting.

Anonymous said...

What's happening with Alan Jackson? He's fallen off the radar.

Anonymous said...

Labor will be out in full force protesting Jackie Lacey and Mario the Turd for their anti labor positions.

Trutanich better not try to stop us.

Anonymous said...

For crying out loud, GROW UP an get a life.

Anonymous said...

Amen! Why does any discussion on this board have to be driven into the gutter?

Anonymous said...

8:50am This just out:

John S. Thomas Alan Jackson for District Attorney 2012
Tel: (818) 396-6578


Los Angeles, Feb. 17 – Today prominent victimsʼ rights advocate John W. Gillis endorsed Deputy DA Alan Jackson for District Attorney. This is yet another testament to not only Jacksonʼs superior prosecutorial abilities, but his deep ties to the victimsʼ rights community. Gillis was the first presidential appointee to the National Victimsʼ Rights Office. During his time as an LAPD officer, Gillisʼ daughter was murdered. He has been a leading victimsʼ rights advocate ever since that tragic day.

John W. Gillis stated, “Alan Jackson is a prosecutor who truly puts victims and their family members first. I am proud to endorse Alan to become the next District Attorney of LA County. His leadership, prosecutorial skills and unbounded passion for victimsʼ rights is what the future of the DAʼs office needs.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive John Gillisʼ support. His leadership on behalf of victims everywhere is to be commended. I promise to continue to work with and support victims and their families,” claimed Deputy DA Alan Jackson.
Gillis continued, “Alan Jackson is trailblazing and setting the new standard for compassionate prosecutors. With prosecutors like Alan in the courtroom, victims and their family members can rest a bit easier knowing that they are not alone and that justice will be served.”

For more information, please visit Alan Jacksonʼs campaign website at

Alan Jackson has been a prosecutor in the LA County District Attorneyʼs office for over 16 years where he has tried nearly 60 felony cases, more than half of which have been murder trials. He spent five years prosecuting hardcore gang cases in Compton, after which he moved to the Major Crimes Division where he has led the prosecution in some of Californiaʼs highest profile cases. Prior to becoming a Deputy DA, Jackson served in the United States Air Force as a Jet mechanic. Currently, Jackson serves as the Assistant Head Deputy of the Major Crimes Division where he oversees the officeʼs most complex and high-profile cases.


Anonymous said...

Gillis? Who is that? Has he done anything with us victims in California? Didn't think so?

Anonymous said...

10:16AM. Mario supports the protestors. Many of his close associates are defending these law breakers.

If they protest Mario the turd, they won't be seen as Protestors, they'll be seen as clients.

Anonymous said...

Since you geniuses can't make up your minds as to why you hate the only Latino running, why don't you just agree you hate him because you hate him and that way you don't have to keep posting BS that other posters have to disprove.

Anonymous said...

ya then they can demand to see his birth certificate! LOL

A Deputy DA said...

OMG The 'Union" thing again @ 10:16am. The so-called DA's union that endorsed John Eastman, the extreme right-wing candidate for Attorney General. That "labor" organization, right.

Hmmm, has anyone bothered to see what the so-called DA's "union" is up to? How about stealthily going around setting up a "vote" to force all deputy DA's in grades I through IV have $900 a year withdrawn from their salaries for compulsory "union dues."

Think I'm joking? Take a look at 189 Cal. App. 4th 801. Looks like the "union" has a $160k problem and wants all the deputy DA's to pick up the tab.

For all their bragging and bloviating about winning preliminary rulings in "Federal lawsuits," the ADDA who endorsed right wing ultra conservative John Eastman, are keeping their mouths tightly shut about how they LOST a lawsuit at trial, and then again on appeal, because they did not follow their own bylaws.

As a result the ADDA are now are left with having to pay $60,000 in attorney fees for LOSING at trial, and a further $100,000 for LOSING on appeal, and guess what? They want the rank and file Deputy DAs to be forced to pay for their folly.

There is not a mention of this case on the ADDA website. So come on "Windscale" I've given you the story. How about you have the guts to write about it?

Anonymous said...

None of the media outlets picked up the big Alan Jackson endorsement today.

They only write about Trutanich, and he's not even in the race.


Jackson will proably win this thing unless Steve Cooley jumps in.

He deserves more attention.

Anonymous said...

Jackson's got $114k from supporters, none of the others (including Trutanich the Clown who is running 100%) can come close to saying that. Whatever way the media plays it, Jackson cannot be ignored.

Another Deputy DA said...

189 Cal. App. 4th 801 is the case of Peter Burke vs. Steven Ipsen et al.

Looks like Burke, a deputy DA, sued Ipsen and the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys (union) because Ipsen didn't follow the rules and hold an election when and how he was supposed to, and then amended the ADDA bylaws inappropriately.

This is typical of the way this so-called union operates - they do something under the radar, and then try to tell members that it was all done in accordance with the rules they make up to suit their purposes.

So the trial court agreed with Burke and awarded him his attorney's fees ($60k). Instead of obeying the court's order, Ipsen appealed, and on October 29, 2010, the Court of Appeal rejected Ipsen's arguments and also awarded Burke his attorney's fees for the appeal, which are around $100k.

So now the "union" doesn't have the $160k to pay for screwing up, and they want us to pay for their stupidity? I don't think so.

So far this "union" has been the problem not the solution. They claim to be 'labor' but they endorsed an extreme right wing candidate for AG - John Eastman.

Ipsen and his appointed replacement Seligman have manipulated the truth about the Burke case. As a member of this union, I have not received any notice of this case, and neither have I heard anything about them trying to force me, and everyone else at the DA's office, to pay $900 a year so they can pay off their debts.

I hope the Dragnet has the balls to write about this.