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Monday, April 25, 2011

LA Weekly Probes Trutanich's Relationship with Lobbyist John Ek

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich featured prominently in a LA Weekly article throwing a little light on the darker secrets about how "Lobbyist John Ek Gets His Way At City Hall."

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich gets mentioned 11 times in LA Weekly's
investigation into the successes of Los Angeles City lobbyist Jon Ek.
The mild mannered, under the radar lobbyist has been remarkably effective in managing to keep his client, HMS Host, in charge of running concessions at Los Angeles International Airport despite "surveys of airports nationwide putting LAX food among the worst," according to LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus. "Airport administrators were trying to evict HMS Host in favor of new contractors. The administrators went through an elaborate bidding process — and Host finished dead last among the four bidders." Maddaus reported.

But rather than allow the Airport administrators to replace HMS Host with the winning bidder, Trutanich seems to have come to the defense of Ek's client, ruling that there was a conflict of interest. The result has been a considerable delay, during which HMS Host continues to fleece passengers and  preserve "the airport's reputation for lousy food," according to Maddaus. The LA Weekly does an excellent job of detailing how Trutanich was able to be of such assistance to Ek's client.

The relationship dates back to when John Ek was called to testify before a grand jury regarding pay-to-play accusations. Ek "sought counsel from a well-known local defense attorney — Carmen Trutanich, now L.A. city attorney. Ek was never charged" said Maddaus.

The TRU is False blog does a fairly decent job in analyzing Trutanich's long and close relationship with Ek, from being Ek's criminal defense attorney, through an influential pre-campaign dinner, a bear-hugging fish luncheon in San Pedro, to the removal of a lead deputy city attorney at LAX who opposed HMS Host's continued presence. TRU is False makes the point that when it comes to conflicts of interest, perhaps Trutanich should have revealed that he "and Ek enjoy a close relationship."

With Trutanich now determined to leave Los Angeles City Hall before, perhaps, suffering a humiliating defeat in a bid to be re-elected as City Attorney, some may be wondering if there is something more fishy than luncheons in Trutanich's relationship with one of the City's most successful lobbyists; better to leave before the fish hits the fan?

Danette Meyers Tells Judge "I'm a DDA, Get Me Outta Here!"


Celebrity news gurus TMZ.com is reporting that Danette Meyers "asked Judge Stephanie Sautner Friday to remove her from the case. Since the judge knocked the felony charge down to a misdemeanor, Meyers assumed the case would be transferred to the L.A. City Attorney. But the judge noted the D.A. can still prosecute the case if it wants to ... so Meyer's request was denied."

TMZ reported that "Sources in contact with Lindsay tell us ... Lindsay believes she's become a living, breathing press release for Meyers, who is running for L.A. County District Attorney." But apparently Judge Sautner did not buy Lohan's complaint. TMZ noted that "Meyers has prosecuted hundreds of big cases in her more than 2 decades as a prosecutor, is extremely well-respected, so she really doesn't need a misdemeanor theft case all that much."

Judge Sautner may not have the final word, however, as the issue of jurisdiction will likely be re-visited at Lohan's next appearance. 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't see how Judge Sautner gets to decide who has jurisdiction - once she has held Lohan to answer, she loses jurisdiction over the case. I hope for everyone's sake that Danette manages to hand on to the case, not only is it good for her career and campaign, but it also stops that asswad Trutanich from trying to play god over a bs misdemeanor.

Anonymous said...

"A bear hugging fish luncheon"? Wasn't it really a fish hugging bear luncheon?

Anonymous said...

I think Cooley and Jackie set Danette up. Something stinks about this whole thing. I hope Danette is holding up okay.

Anonymous said...

2 reasons for good people to quit the DA's Office: 1) Carmen 'the clown' Trutanich becomes DA, 2) the ADDA succeeds in getting 7.5% of our pay in their Agency Shop. The two are not mutually exclusive, but both are disasters.

Anonymous said...

Trutanich or the ADDA? it's hard to say which would be worse. Nuch is hated by most at the CA's office, either 'cause he embarrasses them with his stupidity or because of his 'my way or the highway' idea of management.

But when you look at how the ADDA board members treated Peter Burke, whose only 'crime' was trying to get the ADDA to hold an election as required by the ADDA bypass, I think I would rather have Nuch than an Agency Shop ADDA.

At least with Nuch you know he's basically a self-promoting control freak, but this ADDA board is pure poison and would have no hesitation in suing their own members who don't 'get with the program.' Anyone who doesn't agree with their warped twisted idea of democracy is an enemy and a management sell-out.

Y'know what? Trutanich doesn't sound too bad when you think about it. At least he would screw with the ADDA crazies.

Anonymous said...

"Cooley and Jackie set Danette up"
ARE YOU JOKING? Listen I agree that Danette got some bad breaks in this deal, but to claim that she was set up is nothing but deep fried bullshit with a cherry on top. She's been managing the Lohan file since long before the necklace theft. Yeah, she got hit with rotten developments that weren't her fault, but to make the ridiculous claim that she was "set-up" does more to hurt her credibility than support her.

Anonymous said...

I heard DDA Eric Perrodin who is also Mayor of Compton was just transferred from Airport Branch to Complaints in retaliation for endorsing Danette Meyers for DA. That's outrageous!! I thought there was an injunction on retaliatory transfers against Cooley and his administration.

Anonymous said...

Err, 9:13pm, nice try blaming Perrodin's transfer on endorsing Danette. But as usual with these snipes from ADDA nutjobs, there was nothing sinister about Perrodin's transfer. Being in complaints will allow him to get off work early so that he can attend to his duties as Compton's mayor.

Anonymous said...

yeah, it looks like Jackie and Cooley are doing everything they can to screw with Danette and her supporters.

Anonymous said...

Meyers' supporters aren't doing her any favors. She came into this thing with alot of cred and their tactics are squandering it.

Anonymous said...

10:30am, you forgot to add Jackson and Trujillo to the Cooley/Lacey camp. Yup, this is a vast right-wing conspiracy to attack Danette and ruin her chances of becoming DA. They deliberately screwed with Danette at the prelim in order to get the judge to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor, and also 'fixed' it so that Danette's request to get off the case would be denied. I think the ADDA should start another federal lawsuit to protect Danette and Eric. That's why we need an Agency Shop.

Anonymous said...

"I think the ADDA should start another federal lawsuit to protect Danette and Eric."

The ADDA can't do anything for Danette and Eric - they wasted all our money on that stupid lawsuit against Peter Burke, and anyone stupid enough to keep on giving the ADDA dues is probably stupid enough to think that there is any credence to the crazy assed allegations made by Danette and Eric's supporters.

The duty of the ADDA is to protect all members, not engage in political squabbles that have nothing to do with real workplace issues of all members. But as usual the ADDA board will try to turn this into some kind of issue to fool members into thinking what happened to Danette and Eric was the fault of the administration.

"That's why we need an Agency Shop."

No, that's precisely why this ADDA board cannot be trusted with the agency shop. That and about a million other reasons.

Anonymous said...

You fools are all missing the point! The ADDA is part of the Cooley conspiracy! The ADDA board is comprised of Cooley's secret agents. They're intentionally engaging in dumb and dumber, silly, vindicative and ridiculous stunts! Why? To discourage DDAs from joining a union!

Add Lohan to this legion of Doom! Her stealthy sneaky scouting of overvalued loot, all designed fo ensnare Dannette!

They're in Cahoots I tell you! Next breaking news: seligman appoints Lohan to the vacant ADDA treasurer spot (at Cooley's behest) and she tours all DA offices to scare people out of agency shop!

It can happen! Diligence my friends, ETERNAL DILLIGENCE!

Oh yeah. . . . Go Lakers!

Anonymous said...

What does the Complaints Dept. do?