IPSEN'S ADDA AGENCY SHOP HITS HURDLE
DDAs throughout the office are expressing their shock and horror at the shattering revelations in Tuesday's Metropolitan News Enterprise editorial; "No on Ipsen."
Most DDAs knew that there was some sort of scandal lurking in Ipsen's past, but very few had any idea of the number of scandals or the details.
Now that they know the details, it's becoming clearer and clearer that Ipsen, the ADDA, and the Agency Shop are all part of a carefully crafted campaign to try to create the illusion that the ADDA Board and Ipsen are distinct and separate; The reality, however, couldn't be further from the truth.
The Dragnet's Wednesday review of "No on Ipsen" added a few more details to connect the dots and left little doubt that Ipsen's faux-resignation from the ADDA last year was all part of yet another self-serving cynical manipulation to give Ipsen the power to speak on behalf of all DDAs, when most would never ever willingly chose to have someone with such an appalling record of prosecutorial "misconduct," "betrayal" of duties and "gross irresponsibility" represent them.
Ipsen, ADDA, and Agency Shop are one and the same, and for the same reason that DDAs will reject being represented by Ipsen, they will reject Agency Shop.
EARLY CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING STIRS DEBATE
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who has raised money for an exploratory committee with a phony campaign, is still expected to abandon his DA dream as more and more reports of his massive failures as the worst City Attorney in history become as common as his grandstanding publicity ploys.
Speaking of which ...
TRUTANICH BOWS OUT OF PRESSER
The ridiculousness of such grandstanding tactics came to a head when an email purported to credit Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca with the rather implausible accreditation of a multi-agency takedown of the 38th Street Gang to the minor and peripheral activities of the City Attorney's Office.
While Baca clearly did not author the misleading email, he nevertheless found himself in the awkward position of having to defend it. It cannot have been a pleasant experience for the Sheriff's credibility to be so publicly brought into question, and perhaps Baca privately made it clear that there was to be no repetition. Doubtless LAPD Chief Charlie Beck proffered the same admonition; no more grandstanding.
It's a theory that has some merit as late Thursday, LAPD released a press statement concerning a major narcotics takedown at a Reseda medical marijuana dispensary. A creditable achievement as the 9 kilos of cocaine seized at the dispensary has no place in a legitimate medical marijuana facility. It seems that LAPD were able to successfully bust the stash of narcotics and firearms without the peripheral assistance of the City Attorney as he was not mentioned in the press release; was he uninvited, or simply too busy campaigning?