|Trutanich used to joke that he quit working for his predecessor Rocky Delgadillo|
after "the wheels started coming off his wagon." That joke may prove to be
Trutanich's deja vu all over again moment as the wheels come off his wagon.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the City Council voted to consider removing Trutanich's jurisdiction over drafting legislation and representing the city in lawsuits.
The City Council's unanimous vote of no confidence in Trutanich is more than just an expression of dissatisfaction with the recent string of embarrassing and expensive losses that Trutanich's deputies have suffered as they have struggled to use Trutanich's schoolyard 'porcupine defense' in the courtroom. Rather, it appears to stem from his apparent inability to understand that his Charter imposed duty to be an independent city attorney does not allow him to be a policy maker when it comes to the affairs of city governance.
Trutanich has fought the city's elected officials over numerous policy matters, insisting that it's "his way or the highway" over hot button issues like billboards, medical marijuana and the costs of the Micheal Jackson Memorial.
In the process, Trutanich has destroyed morale in the city attorney's office, where many believe their livelihoods have been compromised as Trutanich's headline-grabbing antics have resulted in enforced furloughs, hiring and promotion freezes and staffing reductions. "It's ten-times worse than when Rocky [Delgadillo] was in office," one anonymous commenter observed.
Trutanich was not apparently available to respond to requests for his response to the city council's slap in the face, and left his Chief Deputy William Carter to do the talking. Whether that was by design or simply because Trutanich was away from the Office pursuing his campaign to become District Attorney, is not clear.
What is clear is that the city council is entitled to competent and politically independent legal advice, and that as Trutanich marks the halfway point in his troubled first term, the city council clearly does not have any confidence in his ability to deliver the goods. Many who voted for Trutanich likely feel the same way.