City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's Billboard Blunder proved to be a bonanza for the blogs and the mainstream media. The exclusive story broke here just over a week ago, and would probably have gone no further if it were not for Billboardgate; Trutanich's infantile attempt to cover-up the potential illegality of his own billboards, as reported in the Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise.
It was the sheer lunacy of Billboardgate that lit up the blogs. Trutanich tried to assert that the City Attorney's Office does not determine the legality of signs, and a city billboard inspector gave a series of bizarre statements insisting that Trutanich's two year-old billboards were "temporary" and "did not require a permit." Billboardgate elevated a minor embarrassment into a viral scandal attracting the attention of CityWatchLA, the Met News (Op-Ed), and most recently Street-Hassle.
|Street-Hassle's precis of Billboardgate|
is shatteringly accurate
DOES THE LAST WORD BELONGS TO STREET-HASSLE?
While Trutanich's Billboard Blunder and Billboardgate will probably recede as new scandals surrounding Trutanich's campaign emerge, it is interesting to note that Street-Hassle's pseudonymous blogger, "Mulholland Terrace," has not been deterred from utilizing clown-like imagery in his precis of Billboardgate.
It was Mulholland Terrace who first called Trutanich "Carmen the Clown" when he blogged at the Griffith Park Wayist. Trutanich was not pleased, and somehow Mulholland Terrace must have been told of this, because he continued refer to Trutanich in that way. At one point, according to an insider, Trutanich was beyond apoplectic and in one of his infamous Monday morning executive management meeting rants, he demanded to know the true identity of the blogger who dared to defame him. No answer was forthcoming. However, shortly afterward, Senior Special Assistant Jane Usher issued a threat to 'MT'
What is interesting, apart from the perhaps infectious nature of Trutanich's bullying and threatening strategy, is that Usher apparently knew MT's identity. In her defamation threat she states "As an old City Hall department head, you probably know this already," clearly implying that she knew MT from her time in City Hall. Yet she remained silent while her leader ranted and raged. Curious, one might think.
Of course the threat failed to deter MT, and if you want discover MT's true identity, visit his blog. While you're there, you might be tempted to spend less than the price of a vente latte on the Kindle edition of his third novel, The Plasma of Terror, first published in 2005 by St. Genevieve Press.With the anniversary 9/11 just around the corner, it's an excellent read from a gifted wordsmith.