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Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Free For All - Liars' Lair

TRUTANICH'S LIES ABOUT ACE PROGRAM RAISE FURTHER DOUBTS

If City Attorney Carmen Trutanich thought that he was the one who came up with the idea for the Administrative Citation Enforcement Program ("ACE"), then that was news to his Chief Deputy, William Carter, who refuted Trutanich's claims in an interview with the Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise.

Trutanich, when interviewed on the Kevin James Show, stated that "This is an idea that I came up with, uhm, early, er, er, when I became, er, City Attorney." Perhaps emboldened by having escaped any challenge to that lie, Trutanich continued to say "This is, er, er, er, a program that when I came up with it, I shared it with other cities, and now San Diego has it, and it's working just fine, Santa Monica has it and it's working just fine, and there are other cities up north, up in northern California that have employed the same administrative code enforcement program."

The implication was clear; it was Trutanich's idea and he shared it with San Diego and Santa Monica who adopted it and it was "working just fine." But Trutanich's Chief Deputy, perhaps the latest high ranked City Attorney official to disagree with Trutanich's grandstanding and apparent lying, told the Met News that when he checked into Trutanich's idea, he found that "other cities were already doing it."

The lies about the ACE Program being Trutanich's idea are baffling. Why would the City Attorney tell such a tall tale that even his Chief Deputy could not defend? By all accounts other cities have had programs similar to ACE long before Trutanich became LA's City Attorney, so what was the harm in Trutanich simply saying that all he did was adapt San Diego and Santa Monica's programs to suit Los Angeles? That would appear to be the truth, yet the truth seemingly sticks in Trutanch's throat. Before the City Council adopts the ACE Program, they really need to have an independent analyst take a close look at the ACE Program to see why Trutanich lied. If you cannot trust the messenger, how can you trust the message?

ADDA PRESIDENT'S LIE ABOUT PAY DIFFERENCES STUN RANK AND FILE


Comments in response to our article on ADDA President Hyatt Seligman's "clarification" of his lie regarding entry level DDAs being paid "tens of thousands less per year than City Attorneys" suggest that Seligman's misrepresentation and exaggeration of the $2,336.40 annual pay difference to similarly situated Los Angeles Deputy City Attorneys, was motivated by the need to engender dissent and a sense of unfairness among young DDAs.

Seligman's adgenda is clear, he wants support for his AFSCME driven agency shop, and telling a few lies about pay differentials seemed to be the answer. Unfortunately for Seligman, the Metropolitan News Enterprise exposed his lie and in the process, hopefully gave the actual facts about pay to DDAs.

Seligman's demeaning comments about City Attorneys who he said "only prosecute misdemeanors in criminal cases, [and] are paid substantially higher than the Deputy District Attorneys who prosecute all of the tens of thousands of major felony cases in court from murder to kidnapping to rape and robbery," was equally inept. Not only is it laughable to suggest that Grade I DDAs "prosecute murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery," but most DDAs would readily acknowledge that prosecuting misdemeanors is every bit as hard as felonies, indeed, it is often harder.

BREAKING NEWS - 405 FREEWAY RUMORED TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEKEND

Reliable sources have tipped-off the Dragnet that the 405 Freeway will be closed between the 10 and 101 freeways this weekend. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will hold a press conference to claim it was his idea...

UPDATED 7:00PM:
In response to a large number of requests for printable copies of Dragnet articles for distribution or display anywhere in accordance with your First Amendment right to free speech, the Dragnet will make select articles available.

The first is a reprint of our Thursday July 14, 2011 article on ADDA President Hyatt Seligman's lie about pay differentials:

ADDA PRESIDENT SELIGMAN "CLARIFIES" FALSE PAY DISPARITY CLAIMS
July 14, 2011. A cynically manipulative lie, or a stupid mistake belying a lack of research, knowledge and preparation?

Permanent links to these articles will also be available from our ADDA Page.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last night a poster to the Dragnet's comment section stated that at his or her office someone printed out the latest Dragnet blog entry & commentary and put it up on the ADDA bulletin board. BRAVO! We should all be doing this. The ADDA speaks for 2 or 3 dozen people (and is generally a hand puppet for Ipsen-for-DA campaign). Dragnet let's all if us have a say, even those of us who want to trash the moderator. It's time to ACTUALLY value the input, speech, and rights of DDAs (as opposed to claiming you do while pursuing your own vendettas).
PRINT & POST!
PRINT & POST!
PRINT & FREAKIN POST!

Anonymous said...

Hey 10:34am. Did the same thing at my office and took a photo which I sent to Dragnet. There's nothing on the ADDA notice board anyway, and most DDA's don't even look at it. They will now!

I'm not saying which office I'm in, and I tried to take the photo so it's hard to tell. I guess this will piss off the ADDA a'holes even more!