Comments aplenty on Sunday's Trutanich Disses Deputy City Attorneys piece with little support for Trutanich's position that his trial losses are due to his deputy city attorneys being "inexperienced" and guilty of "blunders."
One comment presumed that "trial losses" referred to win/loss record of Trutanich's volunteer program where law school graduates prosecute cases normally handled by deputy city attorneys. Rumors suggest that the success rate is troubling, and that the program depreciates the value of the office.
As promised, this classic Steve Cooley quote on the topic of his narrow defeat in his run for Attorney General, reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:
"I gave my college try, I paid a political price," he said. "Look at the last attorney general primary, there were two Republicans - one who wouldn't know which side of the courtroom to sit on, wouldn't know three strikes if it bit him in the ass - he spent every day hitting me ... suggesting I was soft on three strikes."
(We checked in later and he was referring to Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, not constitutional lawyer John Eastman.) End quote.
Cooley does have a way with words...
WHERE IN CITY HALL IS CARMEN TRUTANICH?
OK, we're shamelessly plagiarizing Rick Orlov's pity question in last week's LA Daily News, but this time the topic is on Trutanich's decision not to address the City Council on cuts to his budget.
City Watch published an op-ed by former CD4 Councilmember candidate Stephen Box on the way that city departments deal with their budgets. Box noted that "William Carter of the City Attorney’s office, standing in for Carmen Trutanich, gave a fiery performance, calling out the budget as an abdication of responsibility, rejecting the cuts and building a solid case for the value of his department."
Some might say that Trutanich's absence was an "abdication of responsibility" in and of itself. However, few would question the wisdom of whoever advised Trutanich to absent himself and defer to his Chief Deputy. Ever since Trutanich dropped the bombshell of "criminal aspects" to the Micheal Jackson Memorial in the Council Chamber, his credibility has been in question.
|Trutanich's last appearance in Council Chambers did not turn out so well.|
The 'criminal aspects' investigation yielded no criminal or civil charges.
(Credit: TRU Is False blog)
Proof positive that ADDA President Hyatt Seligman reads the LA Dragnet:
recent observation that things have been a little quite in the ADDA camp yielded a comment indicating that a secret email had been sent by the ADDA to all members on the all important topic of the agency shop plan under which all DDAs in Grades I - IV will be required to pay dues to the ADDA.
It appears that the email mentioned by Anonymous 10:25PM was "unauthorized" and prompted a rare email response by Seligman:
It appears that "a small minority of ADDA Board members" sent the email attributed to Marc Debbaudt, and that there is disagreement about how and whether the ADDA should resolve its perilous finances by affiliating with AFSCME (American Federated State, Council and Municipal Employees) and proceed with the agency shop.
Seligman's email is too lengthy to repeat here, however, Seligman does not indicate how much the compulsory dues will be, perhaps a sign that it is an amount best kept secret. ADDA members who did not receive Seligman's email can request a copy by sending an email to Seligman.
Any of the recipients of the "unauthorized" email are invited to send it to the Dragnet where, in the interests of free speech and the free expression of dissenting opinions, it will be published anonymously.