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Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Free For All - Trutanich's Troubles Treble

RentGate - Trutanich Declines To Comment

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will not comment on a charge that he received an apparently illegal in-kind donation in the form of headquarters space for his successful campaign, the 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.

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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

'Trutanich's credibility account is so horribly overdrawn as to be worthy of downgrading to junkbond status.' So TRU.

Anonymous said...

Trutanich disgusts me, I cannot believe how he treated that cancer patient.

Anonymous said...

Everyone seems to like Trutanich except you. To quote Nicholson in Cuckoo's Nest, "Maybe you're the one who's got the problem Nurse Ratchet."

Anonymous said...

Yeah right 9:28, everyone likes Trutanich, except pretty much everyone who knows him! Bet the cancer patient he bullied really likes him, after all, most women really like being treated like punching bags by abusive thugs.

Thank you for giving us all a little insight into the mentality of the average Trutanich supporter. Maybe you're the one with the problem ...

Anonymous said...

Your BFF Cooley has some good ones on YouTube also that are related to MJ and others "I earned it" and "If you want to pass a law in California, name it after a girl." And I see the you have some too related to MJ. So, let me ask you, are you for it or against it, becuase before you were for it, you were against it. Same question to your BFF.

Anonymous said...

All the Berger trolls who comment are so mean and vicious. They must be the 12% who still approve of the job congress is doing.

No wonder nobody listened to him during his ADDA agency rants.

Anonymous said...

You can always tell when the Dragnet hits another one out of the park when the Trutanich trolls start pecking out their pathetic excuses for Nooch.

The scandal over illegal campaign contributions won't go away, neither will his awful record of failure and deceit. As for that woman who was verbally assaulted by Nooch, the facts speak for themselves. Trutanich is a bully and a thug.

Anonymous said...

I am not in favor of legalizing marijuana, but I do not approve of the way Trutanavich treated that woman. He clearly has no respect for women and screaming at her to feed her children lead and insecticide tells me all I need to know about him. I feel sorry fir any woman who makes him angry - he seems to have real issues there.

Anonymous said...

OMG, when I saw that video I thought Trutanich was actually going to hit that woman. The way he kept advancing towards her, pointing his finger and shouting her down, it's lucky for her that there were so many people around.

Anonymous said...

I hope all DDA's watch this video of Nuch. It is just a small glimpse of the bully this idiot is. This video is actually pretty tame compared to some of the episodes I've seen when he starts yelling, pointing his finger in your face and turning beet red. In his narcissistic mind he is always right and he thinks he is smarter than everyone else. Trust me DDA's, you DO NOT want this guy as your boss. Support anyone other than him. He is an unethical, ignorant thug who is an embarrassment to the legal profession.

Anonymous said...

Carmen Trutanich has no respect for anyone other than himself. The video is just one example. His disrespect of Steve Cooley, by promising Cooley to not run for higher office, is another example. He's a user and an abuser. Shame on him for treating that woman and cancer patient that way. Carmen Trutanich is an outrage to humanity let alone the legal profession.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are talking about Cooley. No wonder they were BFFs for so long. Overfed, under read, ingorant thugs, who think they are right all of the time. Well, what to do? Who will the media choose as their little darlng?

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Anonymous said...

I think the moderator should delete the comment by 4:17pm. It does not seem to be on topic - that Trutanich is a worthless, lying, thug. It s just a baseless attack with no supporting evidence, much like the grandstanding Trutanich does. How is Berger relevant to Trutanich's campaign finance shenanigans, or his lying about the Controller audit, or his screwed up marijuana law? It's all about Trutanich so keep it focused.

Anonymous said...

Plenty of agreement here about Trutanich being unfit for office. Those who clearly admire him do not have any explanation or excuse for his failure to report the identity of whoever paid the rent for his campaign hq. They don't like the message, so they attack the messenger. But the message remains. The fact that Trutanich accepted a rent free campaign office seems pretty clear based on the fact that all expenses have to be declared, and there were no rent expenses for two clear periods of time when Trutanich was using the hq. If he cannot provide an answer as to why he failed to report this, then I think that is the answer. Like you said "there's no innocent explanation." Ethics are important for all politicians, but even more so for the office of district attorney. If Trutanich will bend the rules for himself and his friend who provided the rent payments either in cash or in kind, then he is unfit for office in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I think the mainstream media is waiting until after Trutanich officially announces he is running for DA to really attack him. Right now he is irrelevant in their eyes since he has chosen not to officially announce. But juuuuust wait, the media attacks are right around the corner and it will not be pretty. At all. Trutanich is so self-centered he thinks he has the DA election in the bag. Not so. He will be dissected by the media and all his lies and deceits will be available for the public to consume. Plus, the prying will spill over to his close associates and all their dirty secrets will be exposed as well. Through all this we must still be thankful that Berger has spent the time to expose this liar first. That's what a real democracy is all about.

Anonymous said...

The press will rip Trutanich into pieces the moment he announces and bring down the shady types that hang around him. The whole rent thing is not that big a deal, but it does show how easy it is to uncover this type of corruption. The great thing is that Trutanich supporters are all flakey and will cut deals to rat him out, and his staff are leaking stuff about him and the people who hang out on the 8th floor to see him. No secrets there.

Anonymous said...

10:48 The rent this IS a BIG deal. It's a crime, a misdemeanor, and an ethical violation. You can't minimize that for anyone, let alone someone who wants to be the next DA.

Anonymous said...

Berger, you are a stooge and a stool pigeon, that's right, a stoolie, a rat, a fink, and a traitor. Everyone knows it is you who is blabbing about Nuch but it will be your downfall. You will not stop Nuch, nobody will, and when you are fired nobody will hire you because of the way you betrayed Nuch. You cannot be trusted.

Anonymous said...

2:41pm - it is not just a misdemeanor. Form 460 has to be signed by Trutanich and his treasurer under penalty of perjury. If they deliberately lied about how the rent was being paid, then that is perjury, and that is a felony.

You are right, this is a very big deal, and unlike previous scandals with politicians, this one is different, it is out there in the open and nobody will dare to try to cover it up.

Anonymous said...

Joe, what are the violations you are claiming Trutanich has committed?

You have lots of questions, and headlines, but there aren't any facts.

The Press is not going to report anything unless it has verifiable facts.

As a member of the Fourth Estate, I must tell you, your credibility is wearing thin.

Anonymous said...

3:52 Trutanich will never be DA so Berger's job is safe and sound. Besides, Berger doesn't need this job. But if you knew anything about civil service you would know that Berger can't be fired anyways.

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Anonymous said...

5:49 What violations?! Are you kidding. He spelled it out completely. You may want to try reading the previous posts. It's plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

5:49PM You are right. What violations? Since when is it a crime to make or accept campaign donations in excess of the $1,000 limit? That's not a crime if you are one of Nooch's friends is it?

The facts are very clear, Trutanich had a storefront on Ventura Blvd from at least November 2008 through the end of May 2009, but his campaign report shows only one month of full rent at $2,053 a month, and three months when he apparently was given a huge discount of around 70%.

Giving a discount and giving rent free occupancy is giving. In other words it's a contribution and not only does it have to be reported (violation #1) but it's an illegal contribution if it exceeds $1,000 which it did (violation #2). It's also illegal to fail to report a campaign debt, like unpaid rent (violation #3) just as it is illegal to subsequently pay off an unreported debt by calling it something else (violation #4).

And the Met News Enterprise did report it.

Do you want me to carry on?

Anonymous said...

I showed the video of Trutanich to a friend who works at a battered womens' shelter. She was horrified. Is there any way we can get this on a DVD as it should be shown to as many women as possible. Trutanich's aggression is not even suppressed, he is angry that this woman isn't shutting up and listening to him. The more she answers back and refuses to back down and submit to him, the angrier he gets. He even shouts at her to feed lead to her children and not complain if they get brain damage. He looks like a classic misogynist, he is not fit to be an elected official.

Anonymous said...

3:52 p.m. reminds me of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Mao rolled into one friggin wacko who should be stopped now before they destroy the world. This person is out of control and if he/she represents Trutanich, God help us all.

Anonymous said...

Wow Nuch and his inner circle are taking advice from some really incompetent people. Posts attacking Berger, like "3:52pm" are gonna seal his fate as being forever branded as a vindictive bully.

What he needs to do right away is a) give an explanation of his conduct (through surrogates) that dispels any dishonest motive and b) make some sort of high profile act of contrition that would make the pursuit of this mess seem like overkill. Later, he can makes some jokes about it poking fun at himself. If he plays it right, in the distant future he can use it to show he has problem solving integrity.

Right now he's just coming across as a douchebag.

Anonymous said...

MIKE FEUER IS THE NEXT CITY ATTORNEY! IT'S BEDTIME FOR BOZO TRUTANICH! The voters in the DA's race will reject this liar, conman, and creepy creep. Then the whole cabal of weirdos, wannabees, and liars will be wisked from City Hall East, to be replaced, well, by another junta of wannabees, scumbags, and dummies, under Feuer. But the Trutanich Administration is just too much of a freak show to continue on much longer.

Erika said...

If you speak with Michael Cohen (the person who took the video), the woman in the video left the room crying. Even those who like Trutanich were caught off guard by his behavior.

Clearly he needs to be ordered to Anger Management Class.