IPSEN'S AGENCY SHOP EMPLOYS SCARE TACTICS
The unsigned email implies that the confidentiality of the way voters cast their ballots was ever in any doubt. It was not. But at a time when DDAs are discovering the way that Ipsen has manipulated the ADDA to place himself back in the driving seat without election, the goal is clearly to deflect attention with a bogus scare story.
Of course, the ultimate irony is that Ipsen is complaining about the potential abuse of "confidential information" when neither he, nor any other ADDA Board Member, lifted a finger to protect the identities of DDAs who had their names, addresses and bank information delivered into the hands of the criminals who stole ADDA Treasurer Loren Naiman's personal laptop last year. Naiman had scanned DDAs checks and stored them on his computer for no apparent good reason.
New readers to the Dragnet should read our expose on Ipsen's ADDA disregard "confidential information" when it is the identity of those who oppose his plans; the DDAs who had their identities stolen were those who paid $30 to vote for or against the adoption of new bylaws. We understand that most of the DDAs who paid $30, voted against Ipsen's change in bylaws.
This is the reality of the Ipsen Agency Shop. Use the "ADDA 411" link at the top the page to access printable articles on Ipsen's ADDA shenanigans and of Vote NO to his Agency Shop before it is too late.
TRUTANICH'S $2M BLUNDER REVEALS LACK OF LEGAL ACUMEN
As the LA Times exclusively reported, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich attempted to persuade the County of Los Angeles to misappropriate a $2M Unfair Business Practices settlement check.
Trutanich hand delivered the check, perhaps to add emphasis to his request that the $2M should be diverted away from its lawful purpose; furthering consumer protection.
Instead, Trutanich tried to persuade the County of LA to give the $2M to Sheriff Lee Baca to help to clear the backlog of unprocessed DNA rape kits.
Sheriff Baca, purely coincidentally, has allowed his name to be used in support of a misleading "effort" to persuade Trutanich to run for Los Angeles District Attorney.
Trutanich's actions, viewed in the light most favorable to him, reveals a shocking lack of legal knowledge, as well as an appalling ignorance of the current state of DNA rape kit analysis.
As to the lack of legal knowledge, he of all people should know that financial settlements of cases brought under Business and Professions Code 17200 and 17500, have to be used for consumer protection. The $2M check represented half of a $4M settlement that the City Attorney's Office had obtained for billboard violations. The law requires the settlement funds to be split 50/50 between the City and County agencies responsible for consumer protection. Apparently, the City Attorney was unaware of the law.
Ironically, when questioned, Trutanich's Chief Deputy sheepishly admitted that the City Attorney's Office was not using its $2M for DNA rape kit analysis, but rather for its lawful purpose; consumer protection.
But if a lack of legal knowledge isn't bad enough, the City Attorney was also, apparently, blissfully unaware of the current state of DNA rape kit analysis. The fact is that there is no current backlog of DNA rape kits, neither at the Sheriff's Department nor at the Los Angeles Police Department. Certainly, Baca would have welcomed an extra $2M, but equally certainly, he did not need it to clear a non-existent backlog of DNA rape kits. Perhaps the former plaintiff's attorney turned career politician should be excused from having all the facts about DNA rape kit analysis; after all, his office does not prosecute rapes, those are felonies prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office.
However, it could be said that Trutanich's blunder reveals more than a lack of legal knowledge and the facts about DNA rape kits. It could reveal a lack of ethics and a need to give the Sheriff a "thank you" for supporting his phony DA campaign. That would appear to be consistent with other ethical issues that have been raised regarding Trutanich; quite apart from his willingness to renege on his campaign promise not to run for District Attorney or other higher office, the false claims of "criminal aspects" surrounding the Michael Jackson memorial come to mind, as well as threatening to arrest elected officials and city workers over mistaken billboard issues.
There are, sadly but not unsurprisingly, many, many more issues with Carmen Trutanich.