CITY ATTORNEY FAMILY BBQ FLOPS
3rd annual City Attorney Family BBQ was a clear sign that he has lost the loyalty of the rank and file.
Of the 900+ City Attorney employees (that includes attorneys and support staff), perhaps 75 rank and file employees showed up for the free food and booze. The rest of the crowd which is estimated to have peaked at 175, appear to be management who were "expected" to attend, a bunch of rapidly drafted-in law enforcement supporters from the phony DA campaign, and friends from San Pedro who helped to make up the numbers and avoid even greater humiliation.
It was a far cry from the 400 to 500 actual employees who greeted their new boss back at the first BBQ in 2009. They were full of hope that their new leader would reverse the 8 years of damage that Rocky Delgadillo had done by running the City Attorney's Office as his campaign machine for his next political run. How sad it must be for them to see their hopes dashed by more of the same; the crass grandstanding, bullying and blundering that has been the hallmark of the first 24 months of this administration.
That City Attorney staff boycotted the BBQ in such large numbers probably has as much to do with their having to take a 14% pay cut, while their boss and a select group of "essentials" do not share their sacrifice. If Trutanich thought free food and booze was going to help morale, it seems he was mistaken.
TRUTANICH'S "BIZZARE" CONDUCT - $2M ATTEMPTED MISAPPROPRIATION?
Los Angeles Times reports that City Attorney Carmen Trutanich hand-delivered a $2M check to the County of Los Angeles, and attempted to to divert the money to the Sheriff's Department, instead of allowing the funds to be used for consumer protection as required by law.
District Attorney Steve Cooley described the conduct as "Bizzare" and suggested it was a political ploy. Others may believe that it was a crass attempt at a payback to Sheriff Baca for his support for the City Attorney's phony campaign to become District Attorney after Cooley retires. Nobody believes the Trutanich's lame excuse that "There is absolutely no political motive involved whatsoever. None. Zero. Zilch."
Trutanich's grasp of reality became even more "bizzare" last week when he claimed on a radio show that he was prosecuting 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.
VOTE 'NO' ON STEVE IPSEN'S AGENCY SHOP
All Deputy District Attorneys should have received mail at their home address containing the ballot to vote against Steve Ipsen's Agency Shop. In the wake of last week's shocking revelations about Ipsen, the likelihood of his succeeding in becoming the representative of all DDAs looks slim. Ipsen is doubtless counting on voter apathy and vacation absences to provide for the passage of his Agency Shop; something we believe would be a disaster for the vast majority decent hardworking DDAs who do not want to be represented by someone with such an appalling record of irresponsibility and misconduct.
In order to help DDAs to make an informed decision, we have produced this flyer for display and distribution:
Copies of the "Vote No On Ipsen's Agency Shop" flyer can be downloaded by clicking here.
Please be brave and take a stand against this affront to the high standards demanded by the pursuit of justice. It is time to take control of this situation and "not getting involved" is precisely what Ipsen wants. Be sure to vote "No" on Ipsen's Agency Shop, and don't be afraid to share your views with others; we live in a democracy where free speech is not controlled by Ipsen and his acolytes.