City Attorney Carmen Trutanich remained tight-lipped when questioned by Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise reporter Sherri M. Okamoto about rumors that he had abandoned his personal dream to become LA's next District Attorney due to the City Council's recent vote of no confidence and the shocking revelations arising from the Martin Declaration scandal. Both raised doubts about Trutanich's fitness to run the DA's Office (the largest prosecutorial agency in the nation), however, the damaging findings of the Fire Commission Report would seem to leave little doubt as to his inability to effectively run as large a law office as the District Attorney's Office let alone be re-elected as City Attorney in 2013.
|City Attorney Carmen Trutanich pictured at his desk|
where he doesn't "talk politics."
(Photo credit: Spencer Weiner / LA Times)
Shallman, perhaps wisely, did not immediately return a call seeking comment, heightening speculation that he is considering how best to spin an exit strategy from the erstwhile DA campaign that might yet allow for his leader's re-election as City Attorney.
Trutanich's "I don't talk politics at my desk" statement may be viewed by some as raising even more questions as to the credibility of the former plaintiff's attorney turned politician. The notion that Trutanich does not talk politics at his desk is as laughable as it is unlikely and begs the question, where does he talk politics? Alongside his desk? In the hallway? In his assigned City chauffeured SUV?
One thing seems clear, allowing Trutanich to make comments that have not been screened by Shallman is a disaster. Shallman did follow up with some carefully crafted comments which still left the fate of Trutanich's Dream unanswered, but he declined to offer any verification of Trutanich's desk excuse. Perhaps he also sees the "I don't talk politics at my desk" comment as being as utterly lacking in merit or credibility as his client.
MAYORAL CANDIDATE KEVIN JAMES REPORTS $100,000 RAISED
Los Angeles gets a new Mayor in 2013, and KRLA 870AM's Kevin James is the only "outsider" in a field that includes Councilmember Jan Perry, former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner and City Controller Wendy Greuel.
This from the Kevin James campaign:
KEVIN JAMES RAISES $100,000 IN SMALLER DONATIONS
FOR CAMPAIGN TO BECOME MAYOR OF LA
FOR CAMPAIGN TO BECOME MAYOR OF LA
James’ campaign fundraising enjoys grassroots support demonstrating early momentum.
Los Angeles, July 27th –Today the Kevin James for Mayor Campaign announces that it has raised $100,000 from well over 400 donors. This early show of strength from a true reform candidate demonstrates James’ broad support from across the community. James’ clear strengths as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Co-Chair of AIDS Project Los Angeles, and ability to call attention to problems in City Hall and offer real solutions from the radio airwaves continue to serve as significant assets for his candidacy.
Kevin James stated, “I am honored to receive such strong early support from so many members of the community made up of every-day hard-working Angelenos and small business owners to former prosecutors and local community leaders. The next Mayor of Los Angeles must be unafraid to challenge the status quo head-on, remove the culture of corruption in City Hall and oversee a city government that provides core services to all Angelenos in an effective and efficient manner.”
“James’ early fundraising numbers from numerous smaller donations position him as the outsider candidate whose candidacy is being embraced by the residents of LA. He is well situated to mount a competitive campaign going forward,” said James’ campaign strategist John S. Thomas.
James opened a campaign committee in late March.
For more information, please visit Kevin James’ campaign website at www.kevinjamesformayor.com.
Kevin James has been a radio broadcaster for over eight years where he has been an advocate for hard working residents, neighborhood councils, and common sense solutions to the challenges that face our city. Prior to being a broadcaster, James was an Assistant U.S. Attorney where he received the Director’s Award for his distinguished skills and dedication to cracking down on illegal conduct. James served on the Board of AIDS Project Los Angeles for six years. Currently, James is an entertainment attorney during the day and radio broadcaster by night. He plans to continue his neighborhood council tour and focus on local issues throughout the campaign.
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OPPOSITION TO ADDA AGENCY SHOP VOICED
Not Just No, HELL NO! flyers have started to appear around the DA's Office some left casually on tables and desks, others on walls, and some unashamedly on ADDA notice boards. There is no reason why opposition to the Agency Shop should not be voiced on ADDA notice boards, they all carry the same instruction "Please do not use this bulletin board for any other purpose" and allowing DDAs to voice their opinion on whether they should be forced to pay dues to a big labor organization (AFSCME) would seem to be as valid an "ADDA purpose," as posting a "Yes on Agency Shop" flyer.
So download your Not Just No, HELL NO! flyers here, and post them at will on the ADDA notice board. It's called democracy and the most basic of First Amendment rights. Surely the ADDA are in favor of that?
AND FINALLY ...
Alan Jackson came in for some criticism for part of his latest internet attack ad against Trutanich. BanBillboardBlight.org activist Dennis Hathaway took exception at Jackson's condemnation of Trutanich's $1M bail for a misdemeanor violation of the LA Municipal Code. Read Hathaway's article at CityWatch LA.
Trutanich's schoolyard legal strategy, the "Porcupine Defense," suffered another humiliating setback according to the LA Times, when a former LAX Police Officer won nearly $1M in a discrimination lawsuit.