The 2012 Presidential Primary was going to be held in February 2012 in order to give Californian voters an earlier voice in Presidential politics. However, the cost of holding the Presidential Primary was estimated to be millions of dollars that California does not have.
The LA Times reported on Friday July 29, 2012 that Governor Brown has signed a bill that will combine the Presidential Primary with local elections slated to be held on the first Tuesday of June 2012, a move that will save the State "millions of dollars," according to Brown's spokesman Gil Duran.
Beyond a cost saving move, the combining of the Presidential Primary with local elections is sure to have an effect on local politics. But what effect? Certainly voter turnout is likely to be higher than would otherwise be the case, and even more certainly, the vote is likely to be more partisan.
Republicans outraged at President Obama's first term will almost certainly vote for the DA Candidate with their party's endorsement. At present, that looks certain to be Alan Jackson.
In the Democrat camp, the choice of party endorsement is going to be harder. The obvious favorite, Jackie Lacey, faces a formidable opponent in the form of Mario Trujillo who carries LA's influential Latino vote. Danette Meyers and Bobby Grace are also well connected in local Democrat politics, and will be vying for the all important endorsement too.
Ultimately, the outcome of the Primary will be a November run off between a Democrat and a Republican; with a Lacey - Jackson ballot looking likely.
Jury Watch - Los Angeles Judge Accused of Bribery
The Los Angeles Times reports that a jury is deliberating charges that suspended Superior Court Judge Harvey Silberman tried to bribe his then opponent, DDA Serena Murillo, to drop out of the 2008 Superior Court race for Seat Number 69. His two political consultants pleaded no contest to conspiracy charges, but Silberman claims the bribe offer was made without his knowledge or approval.
Murillo turned down the offer and filed a complaint with the district attorney's Public Integrity Division. Murillo, who was endorsed by The Times, ultimately ran against Silberman and lost, 52% to 48%. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office, and a verdict is expected this week.
Trutanich To Be Cut Out of AEG/NFL/Farmers Field Negotiations?
While the City of Los Angeles considers whether to support AEG in their bid to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, speculation is mounting that if the plan is green lighted, the Council will choose outside counsel to represent the City, rather than rely on disgraced City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.
The Council's recent vote of no confidence as well as the shocking revelations in the Martin Declaration and the findings of the Fire Commission Report, would seem to indicate that the Council would be wise to bypass the City Attorney's Office if only to avoid a repetition of the delays and "mistaken" advice. However, the Council may also believe that the City Attorney's has a conflict of interest based on Trutanich's 2009-2010 "criminal aspects" investigation of AEG.
That investigation suggested that there were "criminal aspects" to AEG's handling of the Michael Jackson memorial, however it was summarily dropped without comment from the City Attorney a year later. Many now believe that the charges were baseless and simply a foretaste of the media grandstanding that has typified the first half of the plaintiff's attorney turned politician's administration.
The City's partnership with AEG in restoring a NLF presence in the second largest city in the nation is seen as crucial to the continued success of the Downtown LA revival. Equally, the need to ensure that the City of LA receives better legal representation than that experienced by the LA Fire Commission and that the City Attorney's Office is not tasked with duties in excess of its resources, will likely mean a private law firm will have to represent the City's interests.
ADDA Accused of Conflict of Interest
Some fairly heated comments were posted over the weekend concerning the Association of Deputy District Attorney's push for an Agency Shop. This from "Anonymous 6:14 PM" on July 30, 2011, seems to sum up many of the doubts expressed:
@2:13PM About that conflict of interest, it's one of many conflicts and it is why I will not support the ADDA and certainly not support their Agency Shop.
Conflict #1 Steve Ipsen ran against Steve Cooley for DA and lost badly. Really badly. Since then he has had a grudge against Cooley and the DA's Office. Everything Ipsen does has the primary goal of embarrassing Cooley and the DA's Office. A classic example is the endorsement of John Eastman who ran against Cooley in the AG primary. What good did that stupid stunt do for the rank and file DDAs? Absolutely nothing. But if gave Ipsen bragging rights so he can advance his own political career.
Conflict #2: Ipsen 'resigned' and appointed a wannabe porno actor "Superman" Seligman to take his place as the leader of the ADDA. Seligman also ran for DA and failed miserably and has his own axe to grind against the DA's Office for passing him over for promotion to management. Like the sex tape thing wouldn't be an impediment to promotion to a management position? Come on, you cannot look at this Seligman without thinking about him making a porno tape, never mind the very questionable way he treated his landscaper who spent a year in jail fighting the sex abuse allegations that Seligman made. The landscaper was found not guilty, I think with a finding of factual innocence.
Conflict #3: After 'resigning,' Ipsen ran for ADDA Treasurer to replace Loren Naiman (who resigned over the security breach scandal). Ipsen was roundly defeated by Doug Sherod (another story there) and Ipsen was summarily appointed to a vacant board position in direct opposition to the expressed views of the ADDA members who made it clear that they did not want Ipsen involved in running the ADDA anymore.
Conflict #4: When the new treasurer, Doug Sherrod, resigned for unknown reasons, but believed to be concerned with the impending bankruptcy of the ADDA over losing 2 huge lawsuits, Seligman and Ipsen went ahead and reinstated Loren Naiman as Treasurer after all the damage he had done.
I could go on, and on, and on about the scandalous way that the ADDA is run by these clowns, but you get the idea don't you. I don't trust any of them, and neither should you. Maybe if the Agency Shop gets a thumbs down from the rank and file, maybe, just maybe it will force a new and fair election when decent people without skeletons in their closets and without personal agendas will lead an ADDA that is committed to the members, instead of the current Board who are committed to their repellant form of cronyism and personal agendas.