They say that what goes around comes around, and it appears that the man who "is not looking for the next run" and who "does not talk politics at his desk" has something of a rap sheet when it comes to poor employee relations; he oversaw, if not orchestrated, the defense of a wrongful termination lawsuit for Rocky Delgadillo. The Lynn Magnandonovan litigation not only cost the city millions in outside counsel's legal fees, but publicly exposed a lack of professionalism in the management of CIty Attorney's Office. Some might say that things have not changed under the current City Attorney's tenure.
Trutanich prefers not to talk about his brief tenure as a "Special Assistant" to his predecessor, Rocky Delgadillo. Whenever questions arise about his first foray into city politics, he jokingly claims that he quit Rocky's administration when "the wheels started coming off Rocky's wagon," a laugh-line that his sycophantic audiences all too eagerly accept without question.
However, thanks to the almost daily stream of emails to our confidential tip line, some inconvenient truths about the man LA Times writer Steve Lopez called "LA's Hosni Mubarak" have emerged. One tip led us to an article published in 2006 by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center.
Few realize the TRUe extent to which "a defense lawyer known around Delgadillo’s office as “Nooch,” rotated in and out of his staff job on the 8th floor of City Hall" as the LA Independent Media Center reported.
"To say that Trutanich has juice with Delgadillo’s office is an understatement." The LA Independent Media Center said, continuing "In four months as special assistant city attorney, from July 1 to November 1, by his own account, he handled sensitive negotiations with the Coliseum Commission and developed a multimillion-dollar proposal for a Bureau of Investigation. He also allegedly blurred the lines in his “monitoring” of a lawsuit filed against Delgadillo and former chief deputy Terree Bowers, despite the city’s conflict of interest that led to the hiring of Baker & Hostetler."
The the LA Independent Media Center article not only provides some insight into the shameful Delgadillo administration, but it also shows the intimate association between the former and the current City Attorneys, perhaps explaining why, two years into his first term, many are saying that Trutanich is even worse than Delgadillo.
Read the full article at LA Independent Media Center.
RUMORS START ON WHO WILL BE THE NEXT CITY ATTORNEY
With City Attorney Carmen Trutanich now firmly committed to running for District Attorney in 2012, a number of frontrunners are being identified as likely challengers for the city's top cop slot which will become available in 2013.
Trutanich will not be able to run for City Attorney regardless of the outcome of his DA Campaign as his failure to win the DA election guarantees that he will not be re-elected as City Attorney and success means he will vacate the Office in January 2013.
We now take a look at those who are believed to be in the running.
Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD2) has stated that he's not interested in running for City Attorney, yet, but rumors persist that pressure is building to try to convince the popular Valley leader to change his mind.
| Trutanich, Yaroslavsky and Krekorian at Studio City Neighborhood Council meeting|
08/18/11 Credit: Mike Szymanski http://studiocity.patch.com
State Assemblyman Mike Feuer almost became City Attorney when he narrowly lost to Rocky Delgadillo in 2001. He will be termed out of Sacramento in 2012, and is said to be "interested" in trying again.
Rumors abound that Special Assistant City Attorney Jane Usher could throw her hat in the ring to replace he boss. Insiders say that Trutanich had been concerned that Usher could ultimately challenge him in 2013, but he is likely less concerned now that he is committed to run for DA.
medical marijuana dispensaries, and her knowledge of the way City Hall works as been central to making up for Trutanich's shortcomings. Usher is a tireless workaholic with a sound grasp of planning issues, but little experience in criminal law, other than what she has learned in her time alongside her boss.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETTLES CONSUMER FRAUD CASE
furtively sneaking around town with a $2M check in his briefcase, stands in stark contrast to the way that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office deals with such matters.
District Attorney Steve Cooley called Trutanich's shenanigans "bizarre" when interviewed by the LA Times, and was sharply critical of the attempt by the City Attorney to divert consumer fraud settlement funds to a political ally, Sheriff Lee Baca, on the pretext of clearing a non-existent rape-kit backlog.
The terms of the $2M settlement that the Los Angeles, Riverside and Ventura County District Attorney's Offices secured against retail pharmacy giant CVS require the payment of $1.2M in civil penalties, $420,000 in investigative costs, a $300,000 contribution to the state’s Department of Measurement Standards, and $100,000 to the Consumer Protection Trust, according to the DA's Office press release. The City Attorney was not, apparently, asked to "help" to deliver the settlement checks for fairly obvious reasons.
MARIO TRUJILLO HAS NEWS ...
All eyes will be on District Attorney candidate Mario Trujillo's FaceBook page this week, as we wait to discover his news.