Comments continue to be posted regarding an unconfirmed rumor suggesting that an ADDA Board Member scanned a number of $30 checks given to the ADDA to allow DDAs to participate in a vote last year. The comments suggest that scanned checks were stored on a laptop computer which was subsequently stolen from the ADDA Board Member's vehicle. As checks contain not only bank account numbers, but often home addresses, spouses names, and phone numbers, security concerns were raised.
Debate raged between those who believe that the ADDA were under a legal duty to report the loss of confidential data, and those who believe that because the data was encrypted, no legal duty exists to warn potential victims of the risks of identity theft or risks to their personal safety.
The ADDA has neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, however, given that certain comments contained information that could only have been know by those concerned (such as that an encrypted county laptop was involved), the ADDA position appears to be that the loss of encrypted confidential information does not have to be reported.
We again invite ADDA President Hyatt Seligman to confirm or deny this rumor, and note that Seligman has had ample opportunity to do so.
TRUTANICH BLAMED FOR DELAYING ARIZONA BOYCOTT
|(Credit: PoliticsWithoutMercy blog)|
The Council ordered Trutanich to prepare the ordinance last year, however, no ordinance has been forthcoming. Politics Without Mercy suggests that Trutanich has delayed the ordinance in order to send "a secret “thumbs-up” to Arizona" and is "building support from his hard-core right wing voter base for his stated ambition to become Los Angeles’ District Attorney next year."
The City Hall Insider, however, suggests that Trutanich is not as concerned with the rights or wrongs of the boycott, as he is in showing the City Council, and in particular Councilmember Ed Reyes, who's in charge. "Whether Trutanich is obstructing the passage of the Arizona boycott purely to put CM Reyes in his place, or to appeal to his voter base as he ramps up his District Attorney campaign, there is little that CM Reyes or the City Council can do about it. Trutanich can point to budget cuts that have forced him to prioritize the demands on his staff and can hold off the boycott indefinitely."
Trutanich did not respond to the LA Times article directly, however a spokesman for Trutanich told the LA Times that "an ordinance was still in the works." Perhaps he should have added, "and the check's in the mail?" as the intended message is pretty clear; Trutanich has figured out how to control the City Council and hit them where it hurts. He is known for having an "aggressive stance," and his delays and frustration of the City Council is bound to bring cheer to those who support him.