Despite City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's apparently hurried efforts to remove his allegedly illegal "off-site" billboards, the Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise published an Op-Ed, Wednesday, August 31, 2011, condemning the cover-up comments from Trutanich's office and those of the city's building and safety inspector.
Trutanich's Billboard Blunder, as the scandal has become known in City Hall, and Billboardgate; the crass attempt at a cover-up, will have done immeasurable damage to Trutanich's credibility amongst a community who were expected to contribute as much as $2M towards his campaign.
Many must be wondering how Trutanich could have been so insensitive to the appearance of impropriety as to allow himself to be cast in the light of a "one rule for you, another for me" double-speaker.
Worse, it seems, are the doubts that have been expressed about Trutanich's managerial ability in the light of his deputy's official response: “The determination of the signs’ legality is not one that is made by his [the City Attorney’s] office.” Either the deputy does not know the responsibilities of his own office, or he felt compelled to give a misleading statement to cover-up for Trutanich's blunder.
Either way, it belies a lack of leadership and ethics that few will want to be associated with.