City prosecutor Carmen Trutanich's continued use of city personnel and vehicles for his political campaign continues to raise questions as to whether Trutanich's use is in violation of City Ethics laws.
On Sunday April 29, 2012, at 9:30AM, Trutanich attended a fundraiser for his DA campaign.
Photos and video supplied to the Dragnet shows that Trutanich was chauffeured to the event in a City vehicle, driven by a City employee (part of LAPD's security detail). The LAPD Officer and the SUV remained parked outside the Abbas Restaurant at 129 N. La Brea Ave. for around two hours, before the SUV departed with Trutanich for an unknown location.
Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 49.5.5.B states that 'No City official or employee of an agency shall engage in campaign-related activities, such as fundraising, the development of electronic or written materials, or research, for a campaign for any elective office or ballot measure:
1. during the hours for which he or she is receiving pay to engage in City business; or
2. using City facilities, equipment, supplies or other City resources.'
Raw footage obtained by the Dragnet shows Trutanich arriving at the restaurant in the city SUV.
This is not the first time that the Dragnet has questioned Trutanich's use of city cars and personnel in connection with his campaign. Last week, the Dragnet reported that Trutanich used a city car and driver to take him to an endorsement interview with the Central City Association.
Previously, the Dragnet reported that city cars and personnel were used and appeared in his campaign video 'True Stories.'
The City's ethics law seems quite clear, but it doesn't seem that Trutanich believes that law applies to him. The cost of providing Trutanich with a car and driver for his campaign activities is being borne by the taxpayer, surely Trutanich should reimburse the City of Los Angeles for the value of these services?