|The wheels are believed to have started coming off the Trutanich wagon last week after|
the City Council unanimously voted to "neuter" his office, followed by the Martin Declaration
If the Council's vote of no confidence wasn't bad enough, hot on the heels of their slap in the face to the once popular San Pedro criminal defense attorney turned politician, came the shocking revelations of the Martin Declaration, a legal document filed by a deputy city attorney in which it was admitted that the City Attorney's Office was "unprepared" to handle representation of the City's affairs. Staffing cuts and a lack of resources attributable to Trutanich's management were apparently to blame.
The embarrassing admissions in the Martin Declaration were said to be caused by the diversion of legal resources from the core mission of the City Attorney's Office, to pet projects which apparently lack for nothing. The implication was clear; if the matter is not important to the boss, it gets no attention. It's an implication that will resonate well with the City Council in their bid to curtail the City Attorney from injecting himself into policy making instead of legal representation.
Now at the mid-point of his his failing first term as City Attorney, and clearly weakened by the double whammies of last week, many believe that the withdrawal from the District Attorney race comes too late to salvage a political career that started with so much promise, but evaporated into falsehoods, grandstanding and perhaps an ego that is too big even for Los Angeles.