Despite pleading emails from Carmen Trutanich imploring the 900+ City Attorney staff to come to his third annual City Attorney "Family" BBQ, reports received by the Dragnet indicate that the crowd this Saturday at the LAPD Academy was only 100-150, and many of those were not even City Attorney staff.
|The official City Attorney's Office Family BBQ invite did not carry the now infamous|
"wheels coming off the wagon" logo, but it seems apt in the circumstances.
It seems that the free food and booze was not enough to persuade disgruntled and demoralized City Attorney staff to show their support for their boss. Free food might be appreciated considering that nearly all City Attorney staff have been forced to take a 14% pay cut while their boss steadfastly hangs on to his full $213,724 salary and the use of a City chauffeured SUV. A small group of Trutanich's "essential" staff are also believed to be exempt from the pay cut, a fact that is deeply resented by the apparently "non-essential" majority.
Signs that City Attorney staff were going to boycott the BBQ were clear a week before the event when as few as 75 staffers had actually rsvp'd. This apparently prompted the boss of bosses to send out a personal email promising attendees the chance to drop him in the "dunk tank" as well as "exciting raffle prizes, and a bounce house, face-painting and piñata for the kids" as well as "no cost to you or your family" a "chili cook-off, hamburgers, hot dogs, rotisserie-cooked lamb and gyros, a cake from Tropicana Bakery, and a variety of cold beverages."
But wait, there's more. "In addition, the winners of the 2010-2011 Outstanding Employee Awards will be announced" Trutanich said, perhaps making staffers wonder whether the author of the Martin Declaration or those responsible for the Fire Commission Report would be in line for a Michael Corleone style kiss of death embrace.
PIMPS BBQ ON TALK RADIO
But despite the promise of all free food and "variety of cold beverages" you could wish for, the email signed "Nuch" did little to encourage City Attorney non-essentials to attend. In fact on Friday, August 5, attendance looked to be so dismal that the man who does not talk politics at his desk went on AM570 KLAC Sports Radio's Petros and Money show to pimp the BBQ to the audience, even though the event was not open to the public.
Despite having been previously warned not to grandstand about criminal matters that he has no connection to, the wannabe tough guy couldn't resist trying to pretend that he was somehow relevant to the prosecution of those responsible for the Bryan Stowe Dodgers Stadium beating.When asked "how's the prosecution going to proceed?" he said "We're moving forward with that case."
Trutanich AM570KLAC Grandstands about Bryan Stowe Dodgers Stadium Beating by LA Dragnet
Of course what he should have said was, "Lookit, those responsible for the brutal beating of Bryan Stowe committed serious crimes. Those are felonies handled by my buddy Steve Cooley at the District Attorney's Office. My office only prosecutes minor crimes called 'misdemeanors,' so I really cannot and should not comment about something that has absolutely nothing to do with my office."
Some might say that hell will freeze over before the king of grandstanding actually makes an honest straightforward statement like that.
DA COOLEY PUBLICLY SNUBS HIS "BUDDY"
Speaking of Steve Cooley and the worsening of relations between the City Attorney and the District Attorney it is understood that Cooley gave the BBQ a miss. Cooley had been a regular guest at the City Attorney Family BBQ, even subjecting himself to being dunked in the tank. But this year Cooley, who publicly disapproves of his buddy's reneging on a campaign promise not to run for DA, seems to hae joined the ranks of the boycotting Deputy City Attorneys and stayed away.
CITY ATTORNEY FAMILY BBQ A CRIME SCENE?
One of the reports the Dragnet received stated that there was "Lots of alcohol and food." Perhaps to emphasize the predominance of alcohol, the report added "Had to look really hard for a bottle of water!" Of course, this raises the legal question of whether the consumption of alcohol in public violated Los Angeles Municipal Code section 41.27? Presumably the City Attorney would have obtained a permit if one were necessary. Besides, the BBQ was held at the LAPD Academy, so there would have been no shortage of law enforcement on hand to ensure that no violations took place.
STRANGERS IN THE FAMILY?
Speaking of law enforcement, another report stated "At BBQ, 100 - 150 is probably accurate, I don't know most of them," suggesting that the admittedly low numbers may have been made up by drafting-in members of the California Narcotics Officers Association. There is a certain logic to that suggestion as a CNOA official is responsible for fronting the phony DraftTrutanich4DA campaign. Other strangers in attendance were said to be campaign supporters from San Pedro.
It is hard not to feel some compassion for the non-essential City Attorney staffers and their families who boycotted this years event. They face a tough time financially and a boss who publicly decries their plight, but does little if not nothing to share their sacrifice. Doubtless they will no longer be impressed by being told of the pay cut that their boss took when he entered public service. We are reminded of the recent comment "8 years of Rocky [Delgadillo] did not do as much damage to the [City Attorney's] Office as 24 months of Nuch."