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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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LA Weekly: Trutanich is a thug. Uses lies to cover failures.

In what is probably the most revealing and shocking condemnation of City Attorney Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich's two year record as a bullying braggart loudmouth politician, the 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 ambulance chaser slip and fall lawyer turned career politician's record of failure.

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.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you to all the deputy DAs and CAs who spoke to the reporters from LA Weekly. Trutanich is beyond angry that you dared to speak against him and tried to get an 'off the record' interview with the LA Weekly to find out the names of all the people who betrayed him. It didn't work. Any conversation with Trutanich will be on the record and probably audio taped. If Trutanich makes it to the run off - which is no longer a certainty, then the more people who actually have worked for Trutanich will bring him down.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 7:20 am - who says Trutanich will make it to the runoff? He is being exposed for the incompetent thug he is and voters will recognize that. Nobody outside the criminal defense bar and some civil lawyers even know who he is. Those who have heard of him also know of his failures. Great job Gene!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the full article is really scary. Nuch doesn't look very pro labor here. Thank you LA Weekly for having the integrity to take him on. Looks like his only defenses are stonewalling and trying to go "off record."

Anonymous said...

10:19AM an expert on elections was being interviewed on NPR today about Trutanich's pledge and all the Baca endorsement. What she said was basically the same as 7:20AM - Trutanich is not as likely to make it into the run off as he has no constituency.

He is neither a democrat nor a republican, and both those groups already have their endorsed candidates. The African American community that Trutanich used to woo at church on Sundays won't let him in after the way he forget the promises he made (isn't that true Janet?) and the Latino community will be rooting for Mario Trujillo. So who's going to vote for Trutanich? All those lawyers in downtown law firms who do business with the City? They might be good for a few bucks, but votes? Not so much.

Trutanich could actually be removed as city attorney after he loses the June primary as there is talk of a no-confidence vote in city hall before the election. That would screw Trutanich's election chances and make sure Mike Feuer takes over as an appointed city attorney. Karma's a bitch Trutanich.

Anonymous said...

Trutanich's name was all over the radio along side Baca and Charlie Beck who all support giving drivers licenses to undocumented workers. Nuch is taking Mario's votes by the thousands now with this free media. Wishful thinking 10:19am.

Anonymous said...

The LA weekly did the citizens of LA a huge service with this expose of Trutanich. Trutanich was only able to secure his City Attorney position through a campaign built on lies and empty promises. He had no political track record so there was little for him to be attacked with. The DA campaign will be much much different. He should have kept his word and not sought higher office as that would have been the ethical thing to do. But wait, Trutanich has no ethics....

Anonymous said...

Thank you to Phil Sugar who had the guts to talk to the Weekly. Phil is a long time Deputy who is well respected in the Office. I would suggest that any D.A.'s considering supporting Trutanich first ask some C.A.'s what they think of their boss. There are probably five C.A.'s (the ones that Trutanich surrounds himself with)that like the guy. The rest hate his guts.

Also, the notion that Trutanich is pro labor is outright comical. Strongly strongly suggest ADDA go talk to the current Board members from the City Attorney's union who will detail the threats and intimidation tactics Trutanich and his cronies unleashed on the rank and file C.A.'s this past year. He made them take furloughs to punish them for not voting his way on a union issue. There was not sufficient justification for the furloughs so the Office ended up with a 1.4 million surplus which City Council just took and put it in the City's general fund! Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face Trutanich! Is there any more City Attorney's Office money that you want to wrap up with a bow and give away?

Be warned DDA's.....

Anonymous said...

11:03am the DDA union had a chance to refer or not refer Trutanich to the County Federation of Labor. The board of directors voted to refer him on. So any opportunity for the DDAs to object before June has passed.

Unless there is a vote by DDAs on the candidates who have already filed, Trutanich has nothing to worry about. But there's no risk of a vote happening since the same union board woul have to approve that vote. They're not going to approve a vote that might come out differently than the way the board voted.

Anonymous said...

Nuch is getting plenty of coverage over his stand on giving licenses to illegals. John & Ken are going to rip him a new one next week. Kiss LA good bye Nuch.

Anonymous said...

10:00am is engaging in fantastical thinking. Mario has deep roots in the Latino Community. If you think that Nuch is going to come in, hold one press conference, and undo all that, I've got a bridge to sell you! On the other hand 3:41pm is onto something. Even if Jon and Ken haven't recovered from their recent problems, other area right wingers are gonna call Nuch out on his stance. Remember, Nuch can't pull a Whitman - he can't tell right wingers to shut up and get behind him because there's no one else to the right. Principled area Republicans are conservatives are going to flee to Jackson in droves.

Nuch has a real problem, in trying to butter his bread on both sides he's come across as a phony to everyone.

Anonymous said...

The DAs Union have done an amazing job of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. After all the bitterness of the past four years, there was finally a possibility, a slight one, that the DA union might actually become the voice of the rank and file. But instead of representing all the DDAs and telling Carmen Nuch Trutanich to go to hell and get the F**k out of the DA's office, the union rolled over with promises of promotions for their support for this lying sack of crap. Well guess what. There is no way in hell that Nuch is going to win the DA election. In fact the polls show a Jackson Trujillo runoff as the most likely outcome.

And the DA's union - which side of that divide are they on? Neither. The kings of irrelevance have ignored both frontrunners, Jackson and Trujillo, and supported the guy who will go down in flames in the early hours of June 6.

Way to go ADDA. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

So nobody turned up for Nuch's fundraiser at the Ports O' Call in Pedro tonight. All his right wingnuts gave Nuch a miss after he went crazy over giving illegals licenses. I heard Nuch was found curled up in the fetal position on the mens room floor, crying his eyes out because they've run out of volunteers to blame for their screw ups. It's over Nuch, adios a*hole.

Anonymous said...

DDA's: Trutanich wanted one year in the county jail for Dream Act protestors. This same guy wanted a million dollars bail on a misdemeanor. All the DCA's despise him because he gives them ludricous marching orders then turns beet red with bulging eyes if they dare disagree with him. He points his finger in your face and will yell and scream and bully you into submission. He does not want justice to be done, his goal is to win at all costs whether he is right or wrong. He ignores senior deputies with years of experience who all try to reason with him because in Nuch's mind they are all weak. DDA's: trust me when I say Nuch will be your worst nightmare. As prosecutors, we choose this line of work because we are ETHICAL. Nuch would prefer we throw ethics out the window. Nuch would prefer you lie, play dirty, take a cheap shot... anything it takes to win at all costs.

Anonymous said...

3:33pm. It is hard to describe what it is really like to be stuck in a meeting with this ignorant clown. He thinks he knows what he is talking about, but most if the time he has no freakin clue. Sometimes one of his handlers manages to calm him down and explain the law or rule to him, like he's a three year old. But too often he will not listen to anyone, or his staffers are too scared to tell him he is wrong. That's when it gets ugly. That's when he gets red-faced, eyes bulging, spit dribbling down from the corner of his mouth while he screams at you telling you that you are wrong. That despite your years of practice, he knows better. He will force you to be as unethical and dishonest as it takes to win at any cost. When you people finally realize what a monster this clown is, it will be too late. Your bar license is on the line, not his. He will throw you under the bus faster than he can shake down a campaign donation. Spread the word at the DAs office to do whatever it takes to stop this narcissistic creep from wrecking another office.

Anonymous said...

10:06, you invalidated everything you said when you stated that "polls show Jackson and Trujillo in a runoff."

NO POLLING has been done yet. The filing date isn't even here yet.

So what WILL the first polling data (out in about 60 days) show? Trujillo first, Nuch second. And that'll be the runoff.

Anonymous said...

I was talking DA politics today, Sunday, and learned something that I think may be of great interest to those who regularly visit this site. There is another potential candidate for DA who may jump into the fray.

This possible candidate has more management experience, accomplishments and passion than any other candidate.

This person has received favorable reviews from the Los Angeles Times in the past and it would not surprise me if this person ultimately scores the endorsement of the L.A. Times.

Roger Grace, the owner of the Met News, stated in an editorial on 2/10/12: “We intend to make no endorsement in the DA’s race until after the filing deadline, March 9. Conceivably, someone could get in the race who is better qualified than any of those presently identified as candidates.” May I be so bold as to suggest that this person will fulfill his expectations.

This person, in my opinion, in terms of experience and vision stands heads and shoulders above all the other candidates and would make a very good DA. While no one is perfect, when all is said and done, this promising DA would be the best option that could very well satisfy and even energize those who support, on the one side, Jackson or Lacey, and those who support Meyers, Grace, Ipsen, Trujillo or Breault. Also, I believe this person can be trusted to bridge the divide and ease the tensions between deputies and management.

The only thing holding this prospective DA back is money, of course. What I learned from a reliable source is that this DA is “quite optimistic” that some high-ranking, connected and concerned politicos may back him significantly, that is, to a tune that would enable this person to fiscally compete with Trutanich who has raised, thus far, over a million. The people who may, and hopefully will, support this candidate are more than capable of raising the money necessary to make this person’s campaign legitimate. This would make this potential DA candidate not only the best DA for Los Angeles, the best DA for the deputies, but the most viable of all the current candidates in a runoff against Trutanich.

I’m sorry to say I am bound by an agreement with my source not to say at this time who the potential candidate is, for unless the money materializes this person will not be a candidate. I mention this person here just to keep hope alive that all is not lost, that the game is not over until the game is over, and that the fat lady has not yet sung. So, instead, I will say a silent prayer, and hope that the money comes thru.

Keeping hope alive,
A CONCERNED DDA

Anonymous said...

1:52PM It's no secret. The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported Friday that DDA John Breault III had filed papers to run for District Attorney.

I have known John Breault for years and can tell you that he would make a perfect DA. He is one of us, he's not left, right, pro or anti union, but one hellava great DDA. He would make us all proud. I hope he can raise one quarter of Trutanich's million, because that is all it would take to knock that self-aggrandizing corrupt piece of lying crap out of the race.

Another concerned DDA

Anonymous said...

Roger Grace's candidate is Cooley you freaking morons. You will see Friday at 5pm. Jackie, Mario, Jackson and Nuch go byebye. Cooley avoids debates,gets Newt Gingrich's endrosement and viola. Roger Grace is all about kissing Cooley's ring. The only one, but none the less Grace is obsessed with trying to preserve Cooley's pathetic reputation.

Anonymous said...

Nope. Not Breault and not Cooley.

Keeping hope alive,
A CONCERNED DDA