Cooley Cools It With Trutanich - It's Official: Trutanich "Not Up To The Job"
Although the Dragnet first reported the breakdown in the close relationship between LA District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, it took a little time for the mainstream media to confirm the rumor.
Rick Orlov at the Los Angeles Daily News reports that "Cooley became disenchanted with Trutanich shortly after he was sworn in."
""It was becoming clear, across the board, that (Cooley) did not believe Trutanich was up to the job," said a Cooley political adviser."
Orlov's confirmation of the bust-up of the former bffs was also picked up by Kevin Roderick at LA Observed.
Both sources report that the bust-up occurred shortly after Trutanich was sworn into office. Readers will recall that Trutanich swiftly set about defining his administration as one of sound-bites and grandstanding, with Trutanich's ill-fated accusation of "criminal aspects" to Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG's) handling of the Michael Jackson Memorial. This was equally swiftly followed up with Trutanich's alleged threats to arrest Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry and a number of City employees over the granting of billboard permits at AEG's new downtown movie complex.
Sources close to Trutanich said that they were "shocked" that within 3 days of taking office, Trutanich seemed to care little for a 'head-to-toe" evaluation of the way the City Attorney's Office could be improved, and was "obsessed" with taking on AEG over the Jackson Memorial with "little or no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing."
Such internal disapproval surely found its way to Cooley, who probably also felt that Trutanich had become intoxicated with hogging the headlines instead of doing the job he was elected to do. Cooley is believed to have likened Trutanich's antics to exceed even those of his "press release a day" predecessor Rocky Delgadillo.
The straw that probably broke the camel's back is believed to have occurred in November 2010, when Cooley learned of Trutanich's intention to run for District Attorney in violation of a sworn campaign pledge not to use the City Attorney's Office as a springboard for higher office.
Apparently, Trutanich did not have the courage to reveal his intentions to Cooley, and Cooley only learned of Trutanich's treachery when a longtime political aide informed Cooley that he had been hired to work on the Trutanich DA campaign.
Although Orlov reports that "Both sides say, for the record, there is no major rift between the two," sources inform us on background that the pair "hardly speak" except when forced to appear at public events where both have been scheduled to appear.
Readers will recall that Trutanich recently made a complete fool of himself at an awards event for District Attorney candidate Mario Trujillo when he forced his way to the podium to interrupt Cooley's presentation - with hindsight, perhaps a clear sign of Trutanich's desperate need for some public face time with Cooley.
For Trutanich, maintaining the facade that he has Cooley's continued friendship is critical to his political future; either as a candidate of District Attorney, or should he fail in that endeavor and seek re-election as City Attorney. "Trutanich was only considered a credible candidate [for City Attorney] because he had Cooley's support and approval." an insider told us. "Without Cooley, Trutanich looks more like the Carmen the Clown image that the blogs have portrayed."
As Cooley's support for Jackie Lacey, the candidate Cooley believes "most qualified" to run the largest county prosecutorial agency in the nation continues to ramp up, it is likely that the rift between Cooley and Trutanich will became more obvious and apparent, likely severely limiting Trutanich's fundraising ability.
Jackie Lacey Set To Announce Major Endorsement
Rick Orlov at the Daily News and Kevin Roderick's LA Observed, Jackie Lacey is set to announce a couple of major endorsements for her campaign to become District Attorney in 2012.
In addition to a very public display of support hosted by Steve Cooley at the Los Angeles City Club on June 2, 2011, Lacey is expected to announce that she has secured the endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas as well as that of the County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
Readers will recall that last week District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson secured the endorsement of Supervisor Antonovich, and the Dragnet speculated that Lacey would be in line for the Ridley-Thomas endorsement, so in all likelihood, Supervisor Gloria Molina's phone number is at the top of District Attorney candidate Mario Trujillo's speed dial list.
Steve Ipsen's Campaign Launched On Saturday
In case you missed it, Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen launched his campaign to become District Attorney in 2012 this past weekend with an event at a 90 acre winery in Agua Dulce.
The meet and greet event coincided with Ipsen's 50th birthday.
For more details, read our report here.
Significant Questions Remain Unanswered in ADDA Board Majority Affiliation Push
ADDA President Hyatt Seligman has been delivering a series of "Questions of the Day" on what is for many Deputy District Attorneys, the puzzling issue of "affiliation."
We first reported on this in our Friday Wrap Up Free For All.
The secret emails are for "members only" as those DDAs who are not currently required to pay dues to the ADDA are excluded from receiving Seligman's missives.
Perhaps some of the most obvious questions, such as "What exactly is 'Affiliation?'" and "How much will it increase monthly dues?" have not been addressed by Seligman, suggesting that there is an inconvenient truth about Affiliation that members and non-members alike, do not need to bother themselves with.
It is understood that Selgman considers "affiliation" to be critical to the success of the "agency shop," which we understands means that all affiliation will provide Seligman with the power to force through the requirement for all DDAs to pay dues, regardless of their wishes.
All DDAs who currently pay dues to the ADDA should receive a ballot to vote for affiliation. Those who believe that they should receive a ballot, but for some reason have not received it (not a rare occurrence from what we are told), are urged to contact us where attempts will be made to ensure that all votes are counted.