It was billed as a 'blockbuster' event and it did not disappoint co-host Micheal Goldstein who emerged as one of the driving forces behind the event, 'It's been a great evening, better than expected,' he said.
Famed Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender co-hosted the event in his Westside home. Bender's reputation as the producer of most of Tarantino's movies took second place to his production of Vice President Al Gore's movie 'An Inconvenient Truth,' highlighting Bender's close connection to the movers and shakers in the Democratic Party who now know Lacey is his choice for LA's next Chief Prosecutor.
Bender introduced Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey to the capacity crowd saying it was 'His pleasure to introduce LA's next District Attorney, Jackie Lacey.' Bender thanked attorneys Michael Baruch and Michael Goldstein for 'turning him on to Jackie Lacey' and then surprised the crowd by turning the event over to Grammy Award winner Macy Gray who sang a solo for Lacey.
Co-host the Hon. Gregg Marcus, then spoke passionately of his support for Lacey, based on his past experiences with Lacey when she was a Deputy District Attorney who appeared before him.
Lacey then spoke about her journey through the DA's Office, rising through the ranks from a Grade I Deputy DA, the only African American female in the San Fernando Office at the time, to now holding the highest position in the Office, short of being elected as the next DA. Lacey left nobody in the room in any doubt whatsoever that she was committed to win this race, and that it was a decision she had made over a year and a half ago to take her chosen career to it's zenith.
Lacey spoke with a passion and determination that clearly shows that she has the 'fire in her belly' that some had previously said was missing. She outlined her vision for the Office as one of change where all victims of crime, violent or non-violent, get equal justice. She was committed to overcoming the perception that 'nobody cares' about non-violent crimes and stressed that identity theft and intellectual property theft, are just like any other kind of theft. As DA she will step up efforts to investigate, enforce and prosecute those crimes. Much of the problem, Lacey said, can be addressed by teaching kids that illegally sharing music, movies and other forms of artists' work, is stealing, and it should be taught that way.
Lacey spoke of the frustrations she hears from the business community about the slow pace of embezzlement investigations, noting that a business who suffered a $2M embezzlement over a year ago that almost drove them into bankruptcy, was still waiting for the case to be filed. 'That has to change,' she said.
Lacey also spoke of the growing numbers of people in the criminal justice system with mental health issues, noting that the County Jail's mental health facility is the largest in the state. Lacey said that more cost-effective means should be used to treat those with low-level mental health issues, rather than have them occupy resources that could be better used to keep violent criminals in custody.
After concluding her speech, Lacey took questions from the audience and brought the house down with her answer to the first question; her position on medical marijuana 'I haven't needed it yet!' she said. Lacey said that her main concern was that there were too many storefronts operating in locations 'too close to kids.'
Lacey's message clearly resonated with the audience and the Lacey had a hard time leaving to attend an endorsement interview, everyone wanted a moment with Lacey, and she did not disappoint them.
John Breault III makes a campaign appearance
He's the sixth candidate in the race to replace Steve Cooley, and as a registered Republican, he showed no fear in appearing at the Democratic Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, along with Danette Meyers. Breault is the longest serving member of the DA's Office with 43 years of honorable, and often opinionated, service.
|Deputy District Attorney candidate John Breault III|
at the Democratic Club of the Santa Clarita Valley
Full report here.
Trutanich's fundraising appears to have stalled
He claimed to have raised $1M by the end of December, but according to an urgent email sent out today by former candidate Mario Trujillo, city prosecutor Carmen Trutanich's shakedown of special interest money has hit the wall.
Trujillo's email blast urges people to 'help' Trutanich, whose total fundraising is now up only $200,000 since January at $1.2M. Recent campaign finance reports suggests he has burned through much of that and will likely have no more than either Lacey or Jackson by the June 5 primary. Lacey and Jackson's campaigns are on the rise, while Trutanich appears to be suffering from the credibility crunch.