Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thursday's Themes

When Mario Trujillo jumped into the District Attorney race, few doubted that he would work hard on his campaign, but few believed that in these hard economic times, Trujillo would be able to raise the kind of money a countywide campaign demands.

Trujillo's first six month report resolves any doubts about Trujillo's viability as a serious contender in the June 5, 2012 primary election - he has raised an impressive $260,000; more than double that raised by any of the other declared candidates. This from the press release put out by

Aug 03, 2011 - Mario Trujillo outraised all of his opponents in the first campaign finance reporting period for LA. County District Attorney.

During the period 1/1/11 to 6/30/11, Trujillo raised $264,012 – far more than any of his opponents. Trujillo has also run the most efficient campaign, spending the lowest percentage of money raised and carrying an almost three to one cash on hand advantage over his next closest rival.

As predicted by some political blogs, Trujillo outraised all of his declared opponents by two to one. Trujillo not only out raised the rest of the candidates, he did so in less time than other candidates who declared their candidacy earlier than him.

“We have received contributions from many hard working people who want to help us move the justice system forward,” said Trujillo, “family, childhood friends, college friends, fellow teachers from my teaching days, community leaders and many of the men and women that I work with in the criminal justice system are supporting us and investing in our campaign.”

Here are the numbers:
Contributions Raised, Expenditures and Cash on Hand
1/1/11 – 6/30/11

Candidate          Raised      Expenditures  Cash on Hand
Mario Trujillo     $264,112     $35,931      $233,084
Alan Jackson       $110,810    $131,037       $88,573
Jackie Lacey       $100,059     $13,350       $86,709
Danette Meyers      $70,044     $15,344       $54,700
Bobby Grace         $39,230     $22,550       $17,177

“A look at the filings will show that Mario Trujillo has, by far, the most extensive and diverse base of support in this campaign,” said his consultant Patrick Furey. No one has raised the number of small and medium sized contributions that Mario has been able to raise. Mario has dedicated his life to public service and has earned the respect and support of people throughout the county. We are certain that will translate into a broad range of support throughout the county come election day.”

For more information, please visit

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* Credit to Mulholland Terrace at the Street-Hassle blog for the corny but apt byline.

Alan Jackson's campaign may have more to celebrate than simply adding $110,000 to the $113,000 he raised when he launched his campaign; he scored a direct hit at his principal opponent Carmen Trutanich by scooping up an endorsement from the hometown of the embattled City Attorney. This from the Jackson campaign,


Los Angeles, August 2nd – Today Rancho Palos Verdes City Councilman Anthony Misetich has thrown his full endorsement and support behind Deputy DA Alan Jackson for District Attorney. This latest endorsement is yet another testament to Jackson’s growing broad base of support from elected officials all over Los Angeles County.

Councilmember Misetich declared, “Alan Jackson has my support and endorsement for Los Angeles County District Attorney.”

Misetich continued, “Mr. Jackson is a proven crime fighter who will serve the people of Rancho Palos Verdes and the entire county. I believe that he will do a great job as our new DA.”

Jackson said, “Councilmember Misetich’s support highlights my commitment and dedication to work with other elected officials from across the community to ensure a safer community and a better place for our families and children to live.”

Deputy DA Alan Jackson has earned strong support from other elected officials such as County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, State Senator Tony Strickland, Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine, Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon, former La CaƱada-Flintridge Mayor and current City Councilmember Steve Del Guercio, and San Gabriel City Councilman Mario De La Torre.

For more information, please visit Alan Jackson’s campaign website at

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Plaintiff's attorney turned career politician Carmen Trutanich continues to explore deeper depths in terms of epic failure.

While the San Pedro denizen recently suffered the humiliation of a de facto vote of no confidence in his legal abilities from the Los Angeles City Council, the embarrassing admissions of unpreparedness in the Martin Declaration, and the shocking indictment of ineptitude in the Fire Commission report, the endorsement of DA rival Alan Jackson by San Pedro's Honorary Mayor Anthony Misetich is a bitter blow to Trutanich who has seen his "Golden Boy" image severely tarnished as scandal after scandal wracks his first term as City Attorney.

But more bad news lies ahead for the man who doesn't talk politics at his desk. Rumors that Trutanich's office would be cut out of the loop on the City's negotiations with entertainment giant AEG for the Farmers Field NFL development, appear to be well founded. Late tonight the City's ad hoc committee on the Farmers Field project gave their recommendation that the plans for the project go to the City Council for a vote on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. With that recommendation comes the first hint that a private law firm will take the lead in representing the City's legal interests. According to the LA Times, the committee also recommended that the City retain the private law firm of Nixon Peabody.

It's a recommendation that the City Council will likely adopt, as based on the recent scandals, the City can ill afford the kind of delays and mistakes that have sunk the once proud City Attorney's Office. With it's grandstanding leader absent campaigning to become District Attorney, and it's staff suffering a 14% pay cut, two key members of the City Attorney's Office are rumored to be bailing out. As one Deputy City Attorney told the Dragnet on condition of anonymity, "8 years of Rocky [Delgadillo] did not do as much damage to the [City Attorney's] Office as 24 months of Nuch."



Anonymous said...

Jackson better start worrying about Mario Trujillo or next Spring he's liable to find himself done, broke and sticky.

Anonymous said...

Trutanich raised more than Jackson, Lacey and Trujillo put together, and he did it in 1/3 the time.

Anonymous said...

Trujillo has been bad mouthing Cooley to all of his marijuanna friends and campaign supporters. Looks like Cooley's only friend after Lacey drops out will be Jackson. What a surprise.

Anonymous said...

The marijuana community did step up for Mario in a big way. So what?
They're Americans and they have every right to express their opinion. Jealous?

Anonymous said...

Mario's whole stump speech is about turning the page and getting rid of the Cooley-Lacey stench that has stained the office.

It seems to be resonating.

Anonymous said...

8:51am - Trutanich needs to raise at least 4 times more than the others because he has to overcome all the negativity that Berger and his little troupe are spreading, plus there's thr media who freakin HATE him. Between AJ and Mario, Trutanich will be trashed from all quarters.

Mario really did surprise a few big players in the Democrat patry by raising so much cash, he's looking good for the all important Obama endorsement too.

Anonymous said...

Cooley better hang on to Lacey as long as possible and start helping her raise money. Jackson isn't giving Cooley any praises either, except on camera. Looks like all of Cooley's "credible" candidates are turning on him except Lacey.

Anonymous said...

Personally I think Lacey is the most experienced and best candidate for DA but between her and Trujillo, Trujillo has broader appeal to a wider range of LA county voters. Trujillo is a pretty charismatic guy and is a force to be reckoned with. I worked with him ( briefly) and he's a damn good trial attorney too.

I predict DA is just the start for Trujillo and he will soon become the darling boy of the Democratic party. Frankly, democrats need a polished poster boy Latino who doesn't smell like a sleaze ball like many of the others (i.e.

As for Carmen the clown, his political life is over. He snuck into politics by putting his head up Cooley's ass. Now that he's emerged, and has built his track record of failure, people all see the piece of sh*t he really is. Which reminds me of the fool Carmen made of himself at the Southeast Bar Association event in which Trujillo was honored. Wouldn't that be ironic if Nuch and Trujillo were to face off in this race? All Trujillo would have to do is show voters a video clip from that event and ask, "Now who would YOU vote for?" Ha!

Anonymous said...

I hear Nuch is having a city attorney barbecue this weekend. Supervisors are going around begging city attorneys to attend because of the embarrassing number of rsvp's ! His entire staff hates his guts because he is an egotistical micro- managing bully. We do NOT need a tyrant like that running our office. I'd take anyone other than that guy.

Anonymous said...

1:16pm - Lacey, Jackson and the others are over. Their fund raising efforts were pathetic. They won't have enough for a school board race, let alone a major race like District Attorney.

Check out how much Steve Cooley spent in just L.A. County alone in November 2010. I'll save you the trouble. He spent Millions, and still lost.

Steve Cooley was a known quantity. Most of these candidates who have declared are unknown to the public. They'll need a few million dollars just to get their names out there.

$80,000 after six months is not going to cut it.

Anonymous said...

Cooley is a loser and who cares what and who he supports. He has no say in anything. Look at all the law enforcement he had and he still got his butt beat. The little girl from San Francisco kicked it down the block. Cooley looked like a washed out DRUNK in the commercial when he was upset about his AG salary. good job Steve have another drink.