Carmen Trutanich has removed his 'TRU Stories' campaign video from YouTube to hide the embarrassingly low view figures since the YouTubeGate scandal (see below). However, there may be another reason. Close examination of a preserved copy of the video shows what appear to be LAPD vehicles and personnel being used in the production of the video. A black LAPD Chevy SUV normally used to chauffeur Trutanich on city business appears to be escorting Trutanich as he drives towards Green Meadows Park, the site of an old story.
|The black LAPD Chevy SUV that is normally used to chauffeur Trutanich on|
'city business' appears to be escorting Trutanich during the filming of TRU Stories
Also visible, briefly, in the background is one of three LAPD Officers assigned to the Security Detail, standing next to the black LAPD Ford Crown Victoria. A second LAPD Officer is understood to have been driving the black LAPD Chevy SUV.
Numerous questions arise from Trutanich's apparent use of city resources in the production of his tough on crime 'TRU Stories.'
- Did the City of Los Angeles know that LAPD resources were being used while Trutanich filmed his campaign video?
- Did Trutanich take unpaid leave while he filmed his campaign video, or was he, like the LAPD Officers, on the city dime while he filmed his campaign video?
- Did Trutanich pay the City of Los Angeles for the use of city resources in the production of his campaign video?
- Did Trutanich obtain a permit from the City of Los Angeles to film his video?
While it is possible that there is an innocent explanation for the apparent use of city resources for what is quite clearly not city business, the taxpayers of Los Angeles are surely entitled to that story. Perhaps the City Controller or the City Ethics Commission will investigate and report?
Trutanich's YouTube Video Disappears
Remember that 'TRU Stories' YouTube campaign video that allegedly 'went viral' in 5 days before the LA Times exposed that Trutanich had paid for those 724,000 views? The video was then removed by YouTube for violating their deceptive content policies. Well you might also remember that when Trutanich was [not] ambushed by FOX 11 News Anchorman Jeff Michael, he seemed stunned when Michael told him that since the video had been put back on YouTube it had only garnered 57 views. It now appears that the 'revised' video has once again been removed from YouTube.
|Trutanich removed his not-so-TRU Stories from YouTube|
This time it appears that Trutanich removed the 'revised' video himself because the embarrassingly low number of views contrasted so sharply with the paid for views that it completely undermined Trutanich's claim that it ever 'went viral.' However, another more serious reason may be behind the removal of the video. It appears that two LAPD vehicles and at least two LAPD Officers may have been used by Trutanich in the production of his campaign video (see above).
Trutanich Ducks Debate
As expected, Carmen Trutanich was a no-show at the PORAC Public Safety Forum. Trutanich claimed to have a 'scheduling conflict' rather than admit that he needed to duck hard questions like those that gave him that 'deer in the headlights' look when FOX 11 News Anchorman Jeff Michael peppered Trutanich with embarrassing questions, and worse, demanded answers.
|The moment when it all turned sour for Trutanich, the 'deer in the headlights' look|
as FOX 11 News Anchorman Jeff Michael confronts the Chief Perpetrator of YouTube lies with the truth
Although our April Fools' Day edition spoofed Trutanich's absence as explained by his picking up endorsements from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Richard Alarcon, it seems more likely that Trutanich was heavily engaged in crisis management meetings in view of the rapidly crumbling state of his campaign.
Full report at LA Weekly.