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Friday, March 11, 2011

Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace Joins The Race

Respected career prosecutor Robert "Bobby"Grace becomes the 7th Candidate
in the race to be the DA in LA (Credit: www.BobbyGrace4DA.com)
KPCC broke the news this morning, veteran prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Robert "Bobby" Grace has joined the race to become the District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Grace has his website up and running at www.BobbyGrace4DA.com. Grace's announcement brings the number of candidates in the race up to 6, with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich the only candidate not to formally declare his candidacy.

Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo's Website Goes Live


As previously reported,  Deputy District Attorney Mario Trujillo's website has completed it's update from a placeholder and is now a fully featured website. Go to www.MarioTrujilloForDA.com for more.

Rumors of Troubles At ADDA

The Los Angeles Dragnet received an email indicating that all may not be well amongst the ADDA leadership. An email was been sent to ADDA President Hyatt Seligam asking for confirmation or denial, however, despite Seligman's previous assurance that he would be responsive to requests for information, no response has been forthcoming.

Correction: We earlier stated the number of candidates to be 7. This was in error, Grace's candidacy now brings the number of declared candidates up to 5, plus City Attorney Trutanich who has retained a campaign consultant but is not formally declaring his candidacy.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Windscale, how does this bring the number of candidates to 7. I only count 5.

Jackson
Lacey
Meyers
Grace
Trujillo

Who else? Steve Ibsen and Robert Rizzo?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, where does 7 come from? My count is 6:

Grace
Jackson
Lacey
Meyers
Trujillo
Trutanich

And what's the point about the ADDA rumor? If you're not gonna say anything about it, why bother at all? Don't waste your time waiting for Seligman to respond to anything. He's full BS. Go ahead, publish and be damned!

Anonymous said...

Trutanich? Has he declared?

Anonymous said...

Grace joining the race will help Trukillo more than anyone else as Grace, Meyers and Lacey basically all chasing the same group of African American Democrat voters. That means they'll carve up one large block of votes into three small ones and that reduces the chances of any of them having enough votes to make it into the runoff. So right now, it looks like Trujillo and either Jackson or Trutanich in the run off.

Jackson probably has the best chance of securing a place in the runoff as he's got the Republican votes mostly because unlike Trutanich he's not scared of declaring his party affiliation.

Trutanich cannot count on the African American community like he did when he ran for City Attorney and went to all the South LA churches and pretended to give a damn. Those votes will go to Grace, Meyers or Lacey. Same goes for Latino voters, who supported Trutanich, they will now support Trujillo.

Maybe Trutanich will chicken out after all?

Anonymous said...

Trutanich will probably run for Mayor. No one could beat Lacey or Trujillo.

Anonymous said...

You can take Trutanich off your list. He's going to be too busy running his new power-grab - the ACE Program.

It's a beauty. A real stinker of a maniacally crazy plan to give the "People's Lawyer" all the money, power and influence he needs to dominate the city.

Anonymous said...

WOW. I wonder if Nuch talked about this with John & Ken and the rest of the "get the government off our backs" crowd.

Anonymous said...

The ADDA Treasurer-Douglas Sherrod- resigned like two months after being elected in a landslide over Ipsen. He supposedly didn't see himself as "anti-administration." The chances of any younger DDA's voting for agency shop just dropped to zero...

Anonymous said...

11:03pm The ADDA rumor must have been about the resignation of the Treasurer. That really is something that I would have expected Hyatt Seligman to have responded to. He could have confirmed, denied or even explained it. But instead he choose to say nothing.

After the earlier story about the ADDA now having to pay the legal fees for the Peter Burke lawsuit, we were wondering how the ADDA plans to pay for this? I thought Hyatt would say something to deny the accusation that the ADDA plan to pay for their mistake is to get all DDAs to be forced to pay dues through the Agency Shop, but Hyatt did not address that issue.

Is it then a mere coincidence that the Treasurer has now resigned? After all, surely it's the Treasurer who is responsible for the finances of the ADDA, and if they have a huge legal fees bill and cannot pay it, then perhaps that's why he has concerns? I wish Hyatt would speak up. That is what he said he would do.

But instead, Hyatt's silence underlines everything that has been said about the way the ADDA conducts business.

Steve Ipsen, who was defeated in his bid to become Treasurer, and was then "appointed" to the ADDA board, will now probably be "appointed" as the Treasurer, once again showing just how undemocratic and un-representative the ADDA is. Disgusting.

Anonymous said...

This not a comment about Mario and Bobby (though I'm happy for both of them and their efforts, they're good guys), its a comment about the comment disclosing the resignation of Doug as ADDA Treasurer. If this is true, its an outrage. The Treasurer is an officer in the union. And the ADDA is in the middle of a drive asking to automatically take money from all DDAs, even those who don't want to join. For cryingg out loud the Treasurer controls the purse strings. Seligman should have disclosed this to the members immediately.

Anonymous said...

9:21 is correct. I just checked the bylaws on the ADDA website and it seems that they can pretty much appoint whoever they like to a vacant position. If the Treasurer has resigned, then they can appoint Ipsen to the vacant position.

Under the bylaws, Hyatt Seligman is not required to tell members about the resignation, although it would have been the decent thing to do, if it is true.

The only thing that really bothers me is that Seligman was asked and he ignored the question. Perhaps he's worried that if too many people find out about the resignation, then it will undermine confidence in his leadership. Another reason might be so that they can just go ahead and appoint Ipsen without anyone else being there who might be appointed.

That's the sneaky way the union works. The next thing, there will be an announcement that Ipsen was appointed, case closed. All perfectly legal and in accordance with the bylaws. Just like the way the ADDA will become an Agency Shop...

Anonymous said...

Hyatt's silence is deafening. He talks the talk, but when an issue arises he cannot walk the walk.

The members are entitled to an explanation, and Hyatt knows that this blog is being read by members who want answers - that's why he sent his message on March 3, 2010.

I think the reason why Seligman doesn't dare say anything is because he already knows that members will go crazy when they hear that Ipsen is going to be appointed as Treasurer.

If this is Seligman's idea of "leadership" then it's no wonder than there will be no confidence in Seligman and no agency shop.

Anonymous said...

Someone should ask Sherrod his opinion on the ADDA finances...seems like this would be something DDA's would be interested in hearing before deciding on the agency vote. My guess? It's a total freakin' disaster.

Anonymous said...

10:38 - it has to be really bad. Just do the math. They owe around $160k to Burke because they lost that case, they probably gave Monforton the same amount for his legal fees in that case, and there are other cases that they are involved in to settle the personal beefs of officers and board members who don't like their assignments.

Then there's maybe 100 members who pay $70 a month to cover the legal fees, that's around $90k a year, so they are probably really in the hole and need the agency shop to pay their debts.

I don't think the majority of DDAs will support the ADDA if this is true. Of course Seligman could have answered these questions and he still can, but I guess he thinks be staying silent he might hang on to a few true believers. It's a shame and a great waste.

Anonymous said...

David, (I presume you're the moderator), this is not a comment but a question. I'm an ADDA member, with my dues deducted. Am I entitled to an accounting of the Association's finances, including income and expenditures? Seems like even if this is not public information, the paying members have a right to it. If the board doesn't think we have a right to it, then (regardless of whether they are correct or not) they need to make this clear during this agency drive so we all know what we are getting ourselves and our colleagues into.
If you don't know the answer to the question maybe someone out there who knows the answer can post an "answer" comment.

Windscale said...

1:25am - According to the ADDA bylaws on the ADDA website:

"7.6 Financial Statements. A copy of any financial statement and any income statement of the Association for each quarterly period of each fiscal year, and any accompanying balance sheet of the Association as of the end of each such period, that has been prepared by the Association shall be kept on file in the principal executive office of the Association for twelve months and each such statement shall be exhibited at all reasonable times to any member demanding an examination of any such statement."

Thus it would appear that you can make a request for a copy of the most recent financial statement directly to Hyatt (who gave his email address here on March 3 as hyselig@hotmail.com) or you can go to the monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 15, at 6PM at AFSCME, 514 Shatto Place, LA 90020, near the major cross streets of Wilshire Boulevard and Virgil.