LA Weekly struck a deep blow to the political aspirations of Trutanich.
Trutanich has actively avoided speaking to the LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus ever since the reporter saw straight through Trutanich's pathetically contrived 'I am not a thug!' luncheon at an East LA restaurant where the City Attorney likes show how important he is by parking on the red lines outside the front door. It is as if Trutanich goes out of his way to show regular customers at Ciro's Mexican Restaurant that he's a special kind of person, a wiseguy who doesn't have to follow the rules like ordinary folks.
If Trutanich thought his display of Goodfellas's style power would 'tune up' a reporter who was not prepared to buy what he was selling, then he was mistaken. In today's LA Weekly piece, Maddaus takes apart the former
Significantly, both Deputy City Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys agree on one thing about Trutanich - they do not want to be associated with him. Trutanich, for all his tough talk, has actually prosecuted 31% less gang cases than Rocky Delgadillo and has obtained less gang injunctions than Delgadillo.
One source at the DA's Office (not Trtuanich's former Special Assistant Deputy City Attorney) is quoted as saying "We don't want to be thugs. We don't want to push people around, we want to prosecute bad guys and we want to do it fairly. There's a feeling that Trutanich is the kind of guy who would use his position to abuse the power we have."
Trutanich has tried and failed on a number of occasions to try to use his power and influence to silence that kind of dissent. He overtly tried to sue Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson for using a Trutanich campaign photo in the hilariously satirical video Election Hangover Part II. Although that action was taken in the name of a photographer, few people had any doubt that it was Trutanich who was behind the threat; his thin skin cannot tolerate any kind of criticism.
The LA Weekly review of Trutanich's shortcomings tells the story of a tough talking bully who consistently fails to deliver on his promises, and who has no regard for the civil rights and expectations of voters, employees, and citizens.