|District Attorney candidate Jackie Lacey gave an exclusive interview|
to one of LA's sharpest critics The Los Angeles Wave's Betty Pleasant
The Los Angeles Wave's Contributing Editor, Betty Pleasant, has something of a reputation for being pretty unpleasant on occasions, sorry but there's no easy way to say it. However, it's a badge of honor Pleasant wears with pride; she's nobody's fool and not afraid to say it the way she sees it. Apparently her readers appreciate her writing style and value her opinions.
Pleasant has been a harsh critic of decisions made by DA Steve Cooley and his administration, so it must have surprised Pleasant when Jackie Lacey, now Cooley's second in command, agreed to be interviewed by Pleasant. The interview itself, published this week in The Wave, must have surprised Pleasant who clearly found herself impressed by Lacey's candor and preparedness. Pleasant's report of the interview was not dismissive of Lacey's candidacy, and Lacey herself said she thought it was "very fair." That's quite a turnaround from what might have otherwise been expected.
Of all the DA candidates to break into six-figure fundraising, Lacey has been the quietest. But don't be mislead by the lack of headlines and press releases; she is slowly and steadily building a support base and gaining the respect in the community that will propel her candidacy forward in the nine and half months between now and the primary election. That's no surprise to those who know Lacey, but apparently it is a "Pleasant" surprise to those who had doubts.
Lacey's campaign website is JackieLacey.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NUCH!
If City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was hoping for a little respite from the slew of criticism heaped on him this week for his birthday present, he will be disappointed.
With the scandal surrounding his bungled and and in-artful attempt to misappropriate a $2M check still resonating around the media, the last thing he needed was more doubts about his fitness for office.
Those doubts were raised by former candidate for Council District 4, Steven Box who published an article entitled "A Tale of Two Friends, Justice and Mercy" at CityWatch.
Box reveals Trutanich as a "selective prosecutor" who declines to prosecute cases where cyclists were threatened by aggressive motorists, but eagerly prosecutes hapless homeowners with high yard fences. Box's article could not come at a worse time for Trutanich; his over-reaching ACE Program is due to come before the City Council for a vote in the near future.
Most councilmembers will have received briefings on the dangers of allowing Trutanich to control the prosecution of code violators, and Box's article could be the ammunition they need to either finally kill this Orwellian program, or send it back to committee to be neutered.
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