Reports that Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez is under investigation by the LA County District Attorney's Office may not be particularly worrying for Noguez if he can count on the support of Carmen Trutanich to "take care of everything" if elected as District Attorney.
According to the LA Times' Steve Lopez column today, Noguez has "steadfastly denied any wrongdoing as county investigators snoop into his activities. But as Times scribes Ruben Vives and Jack Dolan have reported, a Ferrari-driving tax agent friend of Noguez, Ramin Salari, represented clients who got their property assessments reduced at great tax savings to them. Salari then allegedly asked clients to contribute to Noguez when he was running for assessor."
If elected as DA, Trutanich could order the Public Integrity Division to drop the investigation into Noguez. Such a move would not be unprecedented under Trutanich's rule; he infamously dropped his 'criminal aspects' investigation into AEG's handling of the Michael Jackson memorial without comment, so a similar move to drop the Noguez investigation would surprise few.
The lengths to which Trutanich might go to protect his friends is particularly troubling in view of the scant disregard Trutanich has shown for ethics rules prohibiting Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca from appearing in uniform endorsing Trutanich.
Trutanich has steadfastly refused to answer questions as to how he, with all his claimed knowledge of state law, could have signed off on Baca's illegal endorsements?
If Trutanich knew the law, does he believe that he is above the law?
If he did not know the law, how can he claim to be qualified to be the County's top law enforcement officer?
These are questions that Trutanich steadfastly refuses to answer, and the longer he hides from the truth, the more likely it appears to be that Trutanich does not regard the law as applying to him or the people who support him. All of which must be welcome news to John Noguez, who may not have to worry about an investigation into breaking laws as long as his supporter Carmen Trutanich is elected as DA.
As a footnote, it also appears that Sheriff Lee Baca violated state law for Carmen Trutanich as long ago as June 2011, when he appeared in uniform in this email urging support for Trutanich's phony Draft Trutanich for DA campaign.
|Sheriff Baca appears in his email in uniform in violation of state law supporting |
Carmen Trutanich for District Attorney in June 2011.
The evidence of Trutanich's disregard for the law seems both palpable and compelling. It is beyond belief that Trutanich can hide behind yet another nameless campaign volunteer in his pathetic attempts to deflect and deny responsibility for his ignorance and/or disregard for the law.
The Dragnet believes that Los Angelenos need to hear directly from Trutanich, not from a campaign spokesperson and not from some hapless City Attorney flunky. You can run Trutanich, but you cannot hide.