RentGate - Trutanich Declines To Comment
Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise reported yesterday.
The RentGate scandal was first reported here Wednesday, September 7, 2011, and posed 3 questions as to the payment of Trutanich's rent for his campaign headquarters. Critical questions that remain unanswered, and will likely remain so.
The MetNews staff reporter was referred to Trutanich's "campaign consultant," John Shallman and his treasurer, David Gould, for answers to those questions, however, both could not be reached for comment.
Given the previously farcical statements from Trutanich in response to the BillboardGate scandal, it is not surprising that the Trutanich camp wants exercise their right to remain silent, rather than repeat their prior embarrassingly inculpatory admissions.
It is understood that the joint issues of who paid the rent for Trutanich's headquarters and whether Trutanich received an under market value rent for the limited period that he appeared to have paid for the Ventura Blvd. location, will be investigated. The Dragnet has learned that at least two separate referrals have been made to the City Ethics Commission and the Fair Political Practices Commission. Thus far, we have no information as to whether the Public Integrity Division of the District Attorney's Office has been asked to investigate.
Trutanich Ignored Audit Recommendations - City Controller Reports
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel slammed Carmen Trutanich for failing to implement any of the 66 recommendations made in her October 13, 2010 audit of the City Attorney's Workers Compensation Program, KPCC reported.
In yet another of his broken campaign promises, Trutanich had pretended to support Laura Chick's position that the City Controller should be allowed to audit city department programs. However, within days of taking office Trutanich reneged on his agreement and recommended that the City continue to litigate the matter. Trutanich also declined to recommend that the city settle the matter and pay the legal fees that Laura Chick had incurred in her fight to bring greater transparency to city government.
Chick went public with her views on Trutanich's duplicity, calling him a "demagogue and a liar" on KABC 790AM's morning show hosted by Doug McIntyre, the LA Times reported.“The city attorney has gone back on his word. He is not a man of his word, to me,’’ Chick said on the radio show. “I have told him this to his face. I told him that he lied in order to get my support."she told LA Times reporter Phil Willon.
Simone Wilson, a reporter at LA Weekly, yesterday reported that "L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has apparently been too busy breaking his own billboard rules to glance at a late-2010 audit of his "Workers' Compensation and Subrogation Program." Of 88 problems identified by Greuel, not a single one has been addressed." Some might also say that Trutanich has been too busy running for District Attorney to pay attention to his duties as City Attorney.
The City Controller's report did not reference two other notable recent failures by Trutanich to adequately perform the duties of City Attorney; the Martin Declaration and the Fire Commission Report. If ever the evidence was gathering that Trutanich is simply just another "all talk and no action career politician," Wendy Greuel's report would appear to put the matter beyond doubt.
Trutanich Faces 58th Challenge To His Unconstitutional Medical Marijuana Ordinance
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is proud of his aggressive stance against medical marijuana, and according to James Shaw, director of the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients (UMMP), Trutanich "pushed an ordinance through the City Council in January 2010 that was so full of contradictions and legally questionable rules that a judge placed a hold on its implementation, and it has since then had to be frequently amended in an effort to survive 57 lawsuits, which should be decided by the end of this month."
UMMP is to add to the 57 challenges in a new lawsuit arguing that Trutanich's scorched earth law required an EIR - environmental impact report. It's a novel argument, and one that might not have flown back in 2009 when Trutanich was making headlines as a LA's tough guy. However, in the two years since taking office, many of Trutanich's promises and assurances have proven to be as bogus as his DraftTrutanich4DA campaign - a laughable effort to extricate Trutanich from his campaign promise not to run for District Attorney by creating the illusion that he is being beseeched by cops to run for DA.
Trutanich's credibility has taken a number of serious blows recently. His crass attempt to misappropriate a $2M settlement check to support a political ally, ludicrous claims that he "does not talk politics at his desk," and of course his totally insupportable defense of his own billboards, not to mention his current RentGate scandal, could cause a court to be less than impressed with the quality and caliber of Trutanich's legal arguments.
Trutanich's openly hostile attitude towards medical marijuana patients might also be relevant to the issue as to whether a City Attorney who thinks nothing of shouting down and berating a cancer patient who questioned his voodoo science, is capable of fashioning a workable ordinance.
Carmen Trutanich Screams At Cancer Patient Who Questions Him on Medical Marijuana
City Attorney Clashes with Speaker at 2009 Congress of Neighborhoods -Accused of Bullying, Questioned on Red Ant Theory from Michael N. Cohen on Vimeo.
Los Angeles needs a sensible and workable medical marijuana ordinance. It was something Trutanich promised to deliver during his campaign, but just like most of his other campaign promises, it was one that he has insidiously failed to deliver. Perhaps UMMP's challenge to Trutanich's law will succeed because Trutanich's credibility account is so horribly overdrawn as to be worthy of downgrading to junkbond status.