Thursday, February 2, 2012: Los Angeles political watchdog CityWatchLA published an Op-Ed slamming City Attorney Carmen Trutanich for reneging on his 'Pledge to Serve.'
'Do Campaign Pledges Matter Anymore?' is authored by John S. Thomas, Trutanich's former campaign manager. Thomas, perhaps, knows the real Trutanich better than most and he spares nothing in concluding that Trutanich's willingness to ignore a sworn solemn promise show that 'his character and integrity are flawed and he simply cannot be trusted.' It's as damning a condemnation as has ever been given to the former
Coincidentally, the CityWatchLA website crashed shortly after the op-ed went live, perhaps indicating high interest in Trutanich's dirty laundry being publicly aired.
Jackson grabs the initiative; authors first legislation to combat realignment
While many in law enforcement are privately critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's 'realignment' program that puts convicted felons back on the streets in a budget-saving New York minute, most are reluctant to do more than bemoan the likely effects of the impending flood of early release convicts on the community.
District Attorney candidate Alan Jackson, however, has a plan to protect the community and it's one likely to appeal to law enforcement and voters; instead of flushing the effluent of state prison onto the streets, send them to out of state prisons where the costs of incarceration are a fraction of California's outrageous $50k a year per inmate fee, and likely even less than the fees paid to local Sheriffs to administer the early release program.
Jackson has the backing of Sen. Tony Strickland for his plan, and Strickland has introduced SB983 to the legislature for consideration. Announcing Jackson's plan Strickland said 'I introduced this bill after hearing a devastating story of a pregnant woman in Los Angeles County whose life was taken at the hands of a criminal who’d been released early due to over-crowding,' Sen. Strickland said. 'If Los Angeles County had the opportunity to contract for the transfer of inmates to another state, this woman’s life – and the life of her unborn child – could have been spared.'
'Every day, inmates are being released early from jail – sometimes serving only one or two days of their 90-day sentence – and then they’re back on the street, putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk,' Sen. Strickland added. 'Individual counties should have the opportunity to do what’s best for the members of their community and SB 983 will give them that opportunity.'
SB 983 was introduced at the suggestion of, and is being sponsored by, Alan Jackson, a veteran prosecutor from Los Angeles County. 'One of the greatest threats to public safety is a revolving door at the jail. This bill will give our local leaders the tools they need to ensure criminals remain behind bars. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Strickland to empower our local officials with the tools to help keep our streets safe,' Jackson said.
Jackson's solution to the early release disaster will likely resonate with voters keen to put an end to the shenanigans of politicians in Sacramento who, rather than work to reign in the bloated costs of the state prison system, have dumped the problem on the community.
Trutanich misses the million dollar mark and hides campaign expenses
He publicly promised to raise a million dollars by December 31, 2011, and privately targeted $1.5M for his campaign to become District Attorney. But figures released by the Trutanich campaign show that the former
The Trutanich campaign likely strategically chose to file it's figures in paper format rather than electronically. The consequence of a paper filing is that it is harder to search and research the sources of Trutanich's donations. Despite Trutanich's best efforts to conceal the fundraising failure, a few facts appear inescapable from an initial review.
Trutanich's claim of "over a million" is false for at least two reasons; The stated figure for cash contributions, $964,985.96, is not "over a million." Additionally, around $40,000 of those donations appear to have been made after the December 31, 2011 cut-off date for reporting. Trutanich could claim that he received those donations before the cut-off date, but failed to deposit them until early January because he was too busy.
But if the "over a million" claim is false, few would argue that it is substantially false. It is still an impressive figure overshadowing the fundraising of any of his opponents.
More troubling, perhaps, is Trutanich's false claim to have "nearly a million" cash in hand. The paper filing reveals that figure to be only $808,541.63. However, initial analysis of Trutanich's claimed expenses of $182,663.57 suggests that Trutanich has not reported all his expenses.
Notably absent from Trutanich's expenses are any payments made to his campaign consultant John Shallman. That Shallman has been working on Trutanich's campaign for over a year without charging a dime, stretches the imagination. If his fees are accrued expenses or unpaid expenses, they need to be disclosed, however, that would lower the cash in hand figure; connect the dots yourself.
Also absent from Trutanich's filing is any record of any payment to Dan Raskov, Trutanich's tax-payer paid campaign manager. In all likelihood Trutanich has less than half a million actual cash in hand, but the reality is that the truth and Trutanich have never been closely associated. Perhaps further evidence that 'his character and integrity are flawed and he simply cannot be trusted.'