Chief Deputy Jackie Lacey - Promotion Boosts Campaign
Lacey's promotion to the number 2 slot at the DA's Office received the nod of approval from Rick Orlov at the Daily News today.
We were unable to report on Lacey's kickoff fundraiser as our roving reporter (who happens to be a Deputy District Attorney) was unable to purchase a ticket. No, it's not a reflection on the limited financial resources of our informant, but rather a policy that Lacey has adopted. "Jackie said that she will not accept donations from DDAs because she is in a position to influence promotions. She does not want the appearance of impropriety that might result from DDAs contributing, neither does she want DDAs to feel obliged to make contributions." our reporter said.
Lacey's policy reflects that of DA Steve Cooley who has declined to accept donations from DDAs when he ran for re-election in 2004 and 2008, as well as in his bid to become Attorney General. Cooley did accept donations from DDAs in his original bid to become DA in 2000, but that was before he was in a position to influence promotions.
Lacey's ethical position is laudable even if it does limit her fundraising ability. It is also likely one of many reasons why Cooley promoted her, he "wants to be sure he will be succeeded by someone whom he believes will continue his policies." according to Orlov, and this would be one of his policies.
Other candidates probably will not adopt that policy as they are more akin to Cooley's position back in 2000; they are not in a position to influence promotions so no issue arises.
Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson - A Prosecutor's Thoughts
Jackson shares his thoughts on his website, alanjacksonforda.com, but don't strain your eyes to read the small print, it says "United States Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland once said that in a criminal prosecution, the prosecutor's role is not that he or she shall win a case, but that justice shall be done."
Another laudable maxim, and one we hope is held by all candidates.
Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo - Website Changes Afoot?
We were unable to access Trujillio's website, instead getting the message above. A sure sign that Trujillo's website is undergoing a major revision in anticipation of his kickoff fundraiser on Friday, March 18, 2011.
News of Trujillo's progress and his kickoff event can be found on his FaceBook page:
Trujillo has 248 followers on his FaceBook page, and is aiming for 1,000, so go on, click the link and give Trujillo a thumbs up.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers - Making the rounds
News of Meyers' campaign progress can be found on her FaceBook page as well as her website.
According to her FaceBook page, she attended the Domestic Violence Project's 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles last week, as she continues to build support for her campaign.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich - Called a "Chicken" and Has Some 'Splainin To Do
Former Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Walter Moore called Trutanich a "chicken" on his website WalterMooreSays.com.
Moore criticized Trutanich from backing down on his treat to throw political protesters in jail after months of bragging and bloviating of an "aggressive stance" on political protesters. On Friday evening the stealth candidate gave an interview to KFI AM640's John & Ken Show, where he apparently tried to explain that he used the threat of criminal proceedings to teach the protesters a lesson.
Perhaps Trutanich should check out Alan Jackson's website for some tips on the role of a prosecutor, and most would agree that threatening to prosecute and then backing down would seem to be abusive of the process. We should expect more, but don't when it comes to a City Attorney who can now add the epithet "Chicken" to the other one; "Clown."
But being called a "Chicken" or a "Clown" may be the least of Trutanich's worries.
Walter Moore also followed up his "Chicken" piece with the potentially disturbing news that Trutanich had accepted a donation from AEG. Readers will recall that Trutanich had launched an investigation into 'criminal aspects' of AEG's handling of the Michael Jackson memorial. That investigation appears to have been dropped shortly before Trutanich's Officeholder Committee accepted a donation of Lady Gaga tickets from AEG.
Trutanich might like to do a little research on the appearance of impropriety. He could, ask his "buddy" Steve Cooley, however, we understand that the pair are no longer on speaking terms with reports suggesting that apart from meeting at unavoidable public events, Cooley and Trutanich have not spoken privately since December 2010.
We will have more on Trutanich's Ticketgate in the near future.