|Trutanich claims to have saved "millions" by protecting the City Coffers with his schoolyard "Porcupine Defense,"|
however, it appears to some to be an expensive and seemingly ineffective strategy. (Photo Credit: LA Times)
In response to his latest disaster, Trutanich decided to keep his mouth shut over his failure and declined to repeat his previous blame-shifting accusations that his lawyers are "inexperienced" or made "blunders." Neither did Trutanich restate his opinion that no one in his office is capable of performing his job.
Rather, Trutanich deferred to his spokesman, John Franklin, who simply said "office is reviewing its legal options."
Perhaps it's time for the office to review the efficacy of the Porcupine Defense strategy given its alarming failure rate and the fact that this is the second case in a row that attorney Gregory Smith has won against Trutanich.
Trutanich might also want to reconsider his motivational techniques as berating his staff is rarely a formula for success.
ADDA Starts Secret Email Campaign To Force Affiliation Vote
The majority of Deputy District Attorneys who the ADDA claims to represent, are not to be included in the emails, nor will they be allowed to vote. That is because, according to Seligman's answer to his first Question of the Day; "It is simply fair. Your Board majority believes that this is by definition an internal membership matter, and should be open to all members to vote on. Why should those who have voluntarily paid regular membership dues for up to three years suddenly be forced to defer to others who have chosen not to pay a penny for their representation?"
Seligman's explanation appears to reflect some of the anonymous comments previously posted on the Dragnet to the effect of "pay up or shut up" whenever ADDA matters are discussed.
It is also somewhat telling that Seligman has started to refer to the "Board Majority," perhaps an indication that there are some on the ADDA Board who do not believe that "affiliation" with AFSCME is either:
- appropriate at all,
- appropriate for a decision by only due-paying members when the ADDA routinely claims to represent all DDAs regardless of their fee-paying status, or,
- appropriate before the Agency Shop vote takes place.
A third question might "What is an Agency Shop?" but maybe the more troubling unanswered questions are:
"Why all the secrecy?"
"Why hide behind jargon?"
"Why don't you explain that 'affiliation' means the sacrifice of independence and the political allegiance to a bigger union who may not represent the views of DDAs?"
Perhaps those with some insight and understanding of the wondrous ways of organized labor would care to offer their answers by way of comments that can be posted anonymously here.
Of course, Seligman has offered to accept email questions from members only, and perhaps those brave enough to identify themselves as troublemakers questioning the views of the "Board Majority" will submit questions.
However, given the often venomous disdain that the "Board Majority" has displayed towards those who exercise their fundamental right to dissent, Selgiman's new email address is unlikely to be flooded with questions. (Note: We respectfully decline to publish Seligman's new email address without his permission.)
Let the comments begin, and please keep it clean and relevant.