Monday, October 31, 2011

Asian Pacific Bar Association hosts first District Attorney Candidates' Forum

According the Los Angeles Metropolitan News Enterprise, the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Los Angeles County will host the first candidate's forum for the six declared candidates for Los Angeles County District Attorney.

District Attorney candidates (left to right) Bobby Grace, Steve Ipsen and Alan Jackson (top row)
Jackie Lacey, Danette Meyers and Mario Trujillo (bottom row) 
The District Attorney candidates' forum will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6-8pm at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

According to the statement from APABA:

'Join us for a town hall discussion with all of the declared candidates for Los Angeles County District Attorney: Bobby Grace, Steve Ipsen, Alan Jackson, Jackie Lacey, Danette Meyers and Mario Trujillo.' Meet and mingle with the candidates at a reception after the program.'

'This event is proudly sponsored by Asian Pacific Bar Association of Los Angeles County and co-sponsored by the Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Japanese American Bar Association, John M. Langston Bar Association, Latino Prosecutors Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. RSVP by October 31 to (subject line "DA Forum"). Location: Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, call: Asha Greenberg at (213) 978-4659.'

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is understood
to have declined an invitation to attend the forum.
 It is understood that despite his continued pretense not to be running for District Attorney, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was nevertheless invited to attend the forum.

However, it is highly likely that the former ambulance chaser plaintiff's attorney was advised not to participate in an open forum where he would be vulnerable to attacks on his credibility as well as questions regarding recent accusations of 'extortion.'

Trutanich would probably attend a forum where candidates appear individually and he cannot be challenged or questioned by his opponents. Trutanich took part in such a forum during his City Attorney campaign, and probably would welcome such a forum to avoid the embarrassment of being publicly confronted with his abysmal record of failures and broken promises.

While Trutanich has probably been told to run and hide from this candidates' forum and as many others as he possibly can, a new challenger, Deputy District Attorney Marcus Musante, is apparently focused on being allowed to participate.

Musante's spokesperson, Graeme Cohen, told the Dragnet that Musante has filed papers to run and will have a campaign website completed this week. 

Although APABA probably had the format and attendance of their forum arranged months ago, and Musante's surprise late entry makes fitting him into the evening's adgenda problematic, Musante will hopefully attend the forum as a visitor and 'mingle' as a candidates at the reception after the program.

It is not known whether attendees will be able to pose questions directly to the candidates during the forum, or whether they will be invited to submit their questions in writing to be posed by the moderators. In either event, the forum promises to be informative and interesting, giving the audience and the press a first glimpse at LA's next District Attorney.



Anonymous said...

Musante should be allowed to participate if he really is a candidate. I don't think he has a chance, but neither does Ipsen, so why allow one loser to participate and not another?

Anonymous said...

It must be a super-dooper complicated "format" to not be able to fit Musante in with a week's notice. One would think that putting one more chair on the stage would about do it...

Anonymous said...

Number one question for all candidates: "Is it unethical to threaten to arrest people without having sufficient evidence to prosecute?"

Anonymous said...

Number two question: "What is the best reason that you can give for reneging on a signed, sworn promise?"

Anonymous said...

Very interesting forum tonight. Alan seemed like a typical Republican politician with canned lines, bad jokes, and outlandish claims. Danette stood out, she was strong & confident. Jackie had low energy and not enough charisma but I did like some of the things she said even though she sounds too much like a manager. Bobby didn't really have much to say. Mario had some good sound bites but seemed soft & sounded like he lacks the experience to back up claims. Ipsen very surprisingly seemed like a good speaker but Jackie questioned whether he was ever on the Special Circ committee as he claimed. Was he? Overall a very professional event though, well done and everyone was cordial. Nice to see all the DDA's getting along I liked the professionalism hope to learn more about the candidates in the next debate.

Anonymous said...

I agree on the assessment that Jackson was very cookie cutter Republican. However, I was pleasantly surprised with some of the bold statements made by Mario. He came across as the most sincere and gave honest assessments of what is wrong without necessarily pointing fingers. I got the feeling that if it wasnt that he is in good with Cooley, he would have been swining at Cooley like he was a pinata. It will be interesting to see this play out.

Anonymous said...

11:33 Yes it will be interesting to see this play out but the biggest competition who wasn't there was Carmen Trutanich and honestly after seeing the candidates speak, the only person I saw who was tough enough to take on and shut down someone like Trutanich was Danette Meyers.