|City Attorney Carmen Trutanich gets mentioned 11 times in LA Weekly's|
investigation into the successes of Los Angeles City lobbyist Jon Ek.
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.