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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Trutanich Loses More Than Credibility Over Attempted $2M Check Fraud

BACA TO BACK OFF TRUTANICH?

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca should consider withdrawing his support for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's phony DA campaign.

Baca has not yet endorsed the San Pedro plaintiff's attorney turned career politician, but had allowed his name to be used in connection with emails sent out to likely supporters.

As most of those supporters are understood to have been sourced through the California Narcotics Officers Association, Baca must have felt that there was basically no "down side" to supporting Trutanich whose "scorched earth"' policies on Medical Marijuana forged strong links with CNOA.

But what Sheriff Baca could not have foreseen was the extent to which a close association with Trutanich would harm his generally favorable reputation. The recent LA Times expose regarding the City Attorney's attempted misappropriation of a $2M check has implicated Baca in a torrid "pay to play" scandal which promises to continue to rankle and must have shocked Baca.

Baca was quick to distance himself from the man he currently supports for Los Angeles' next District Attorney, declining to make any comment on the scandal, other than that he was unaware of attempted misappropriation.

This is now the second time that Baca has been dragged into the mud because of Trutanich's crass  antics. Previously Baca was forced to defend Trutanich's grandstanding claim of "busting the notorious 38th Street Gang," when in fact the only connection that the City Attorney had with that  federal law enforcement action was his tenuous membership of a multi-agency task force.

Although it is understood that warnings were given to back-off making exaggerated claims regarding the activities of serious crime-fighters, those warnings appear to have fallen on deaf ears. As recently as last Friday, the king of grandstanding claimed, in a sports talk radio interview, to be prosecuting the perpetrators of the Bryan Stowe Dodgers Stadium beating. That prosecution is, of course, being handled by the District Attorney's Office.


It is uncertain whether Baca will wait for the next TRU-scandal before he formally withdraws his support. It perhaps is ironic that in Trutanich's 2009 campaign to become City Attorney, Baca withdrew his support for Jack Weiss after a fundraising scandal. City Ethics rules prohibit city employees from engaging in campaign fundraising activities and if some of the recent comments posted on the Dragnet are true, Baca would be wise to withdraw his support before the next TRU-scandal breaks.

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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are we wasting time mulling over Trutanich. He isn't a serious candidate or a credible lawyer. Can we get back to talking about stuff that will seriously affect the future.

Anonymous said...

12:41AM. Kinda agree with you, but at the same time there is a certain fascination with watching a train wreck or cops chasing a car. It's not like you don't know how it will end, but entertaining nonetheless. Besides, Nuch's face goes purple when his Blackberry buzzes with negative news alerts about him from his own people.

mulholland terrace said...

Oh, yes, this blog needs to ditch Trutanich and get right back to its more serious business...of...

Anonymous said...

Quite frankly, the clickity clicks go down to zero when I talk about someone else.

Trutanich sells tickets. Deal with it.

Anonymous said...

The thing about Trutanich is that just when you think he's pulled his most ridiculous stunt, he manages to do something even more moronic. It's like watching a Three Stooges marathon on cable. Eventually, though, it gets boring and you want to see what the grown ups are watching.

Anonymous said...

No mention of ipsen's scare tactics today? Has Dragnet sold out to Ipsen as well? Give Trutanich a break and concentrate on the real a'holes - Ipsen and his AFSCME thugs.

Anonymous said...

With Ipsen the sad truth is that the whole Wisconsin mess last night underscores the sickening future of the ADDA. Soft money campaigns are the way of the future, and Ipsen will soon have his clutches on a soft money war chest that is replenished with money from every DDA's paycheck.

Anonymous said...

Berger, you are a loser. Everyone I know is voting "Yes" on Agency Shop. Your laptop scare tactics aren't working. Nuch will be your boss soon and you will be so glad that you paid your fair share. Nuch will need a coffee boy. You would be a good one because that is about all you are good for in the DAs office. Lord knows you haven't done anything else but blog on County time. What do you actually do to earn your salary? Do tell? Are you going to run for president of the ADDA?

Anonymous said...

1:19 PM. Nuch is not allowed to drink coffee - it makes him even crazier, especially when he gets asked questions about what's been said about him on the blogs. Nuch will fire Berger because he cannot control him. Nuch can't stand not being in control of everything. He's a micro-managing buffoon.

Anonymous said...

I'll the first on topic comment today and say that Baca will dump Trutanich before the end of the month. Major scandal brewing along the lines mentioned on Dragnet.

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW! The Wave blasts Jackie Lacey in videotaped interview:

http://www.wavenewspapers.com/opinion/Bottom-Line-Looking-to-succeed-her-boss-Lacey-gives-an-opening-statement-on-her-campaign-for-DA-127498843.html

Anonymous said...

It appears Nuch is good to his buddies and hands out city jobs like lollipops. Despite all the budget cuts and attorney staff shortages Nuch still manages to create special positions for his buddies, even his buddies that aren't attorneys. These special positions didn't exist and weren't needed prior to Nuch so it interesting that Nuch was able to find enough money in his budget to pay these astronomical salaries. Speaking of which, is his buddy Ron Bowers still working on a "special" project? With does that guy do? Must be pretty extraordinary because he got a special position created just for him too.

Anonymous said...

But Baca just sent out invites to a large fund raiser for Trutanich later this month in Pasadena.

Why would he dump him after raising several hundred thousand dollars for him? It doesn't make sense.

Anonymous said...

I just tried clicking the link that 8:30pm submitted and couldn't get it to open. Can you please re send it?

Anonymous said...

That was a rough interview of Jackie and looks like Jackie wasn't prepared - how could you not know about major cases in the office with her position?

Anonymous said...

The interview shows Jackie is not ready for prime time.

The Wave is going to endorse Bobby Grace anyway.

Anonymous said...

Lacey did a good job with a very hostile interviewer - everybody knows that Betty UNpleasant is less than fair. But amazingly, Lacey seems to have gotten a decent interview with her. Who knows, maybe Lacey can turn her around? At least Lacey had the courage to submit herself to an interview that was clearly designed to follow an agenda. It's a pity Lacey didn't tell Betty a little more about Ipsen and his history. Somehow I don't think Betty reads the Met News or the Dragnet, but I bet she would be shocked to find out about Ipsen and Seligman's past - a union lead by someone who commits prosecutorial misconduct through a wannabe porno star! You can't make this stuff up!

Anonymous said...

Yes the Jackie Lacey piece in The Wave made her look really bad but what's worse is the scary reality that Trutanich is probably going to raise over $1 million by December 31 and maybe $2-3 million by the time of the primary, far more than Jackie and all the other candidates combined. Trutanich has close to ZERO support from the legal community because they all know he's a buffoon, but has all the "support" of special business interests in LA for whom $1000 a pop is nothing for access to a thug who will get their job done. I cannot imagine a more disgusting situation than Trutanich as DA but I have faith that the voters will figure it out and not vote for him. Dragnet needs to stop focusing on ADDA busting and figure out how to stop this madman from being DA. Why doesn't Berger file an FPPC complaint against Trutanich for the fake Drafting campaign when he laid out the claim so well in the Dragnet?

Anonymous said...

Jackie doesn't have what it takes to last an entire campaign. Then again, Bobby Grace's campaign appears to woefully unprepared to wage a real effort that can be sustained until November 2012. This is not to say that Ipsen is a viable candidate. His scandalous past is the the stuff investigative reporters dream of, notice how he dodges the MetNews.

Anonymous said...

Trutanich + ADDA is a double dose of corruption. They are both evil. The cure to both is a free press and a blog like Dragnet. As long as there is a resource for insiders and whistleblowers to post suppressed information, we will all be the better.

Anonymous said...

11:22 Is the Dragnet really a free press? The comments section might be but the reporting seems biased. Very biased. It didn't start off that way but in the past few months it has switched to a Cooley agenda.

Anonymous said...

If you think the Dragnet isn't Free Press, the solution is to post. Anyone who has followed the Dragnet this year knows that the moderator censors very, very few people. The simple fact is that if you think Dragnet posters have a bias, it's simply because there are very few people posting in support of your point of view.

There are some people who are used to dictating a point of view. These people aren't going to be too happy about Dragnet, because anyone who wants to question you or who has a dissenting point of view will simply post.

Anonymous said...

Come on guys Hyatt is not a bad guy, he's done a lot of good in his career, shouldn't call him a porn star, that's not nice.

Anonymous said...

If you think the Dragnet isn't a free press, what about the ADDA? Why don't they have a blog where views can be expressed? It costs nothing but time, and they seem to have plenty of that when it comes to their bs emails. Can you imagine what kind of free expression would be allowed on an ADDA blog? At least the Dragnet allows both sides of the debate, including some very personal attacks on Berger (who is the Dragnet for sure).

Most DDAs are scared to engage Ipen or the ADDA in any meaningful debate because of the way that Ipsen 'deals' with dissenters. You've seen the hateful bitter comments they post here, if Ipsen had his way he would shut down the Dragnet but thanks to the first amendment, he and the rest of his Koolaide drinkers are screwed.

As for 11:53pm's comments about Hyatt, I kinda agree, but on the other hand I really don't think it's right that he struts around as the "President" when 1) no member ever voted for him, and 2) he signed off on appointing Ipsen back to the ADDA Board after the members voted against him.

Frankly, it creeps me out to think that the guy who now does Ipsen's bidding video tapped himself having sex with his wife and then accused his landscaper of child abuse, kept him in jail for a year until he was found factually not guilty, and then had him deported. That's not the sort of person who should be our "President" is it?

Also, Hyatt blew a golden opportunity to show that he was not Ipsen's puppet. But the very first rambling message he sent out when he became "President" was full of the same vitriolic rhetoric that we got from Ipsen, and every other message has been the same up until the last one, and that's just because non-members are now getting the emails. Since when is a vote by one third of members a "landslide?"

Bottom line, the ADDA will continue to be the problem not the solution. I am not prepared to pay $906.40 a year to allow Ipsen to carry on misrepresenting us, and I guarantee he will be appointed back as President the day after the agency shop election.