Los Angeles city prosecutor Carmen Trutanich's continued use of City of Los Angeles cars and personnel in connection with his DA campaign continues to raise questions about whether City Ethics Law is being violated.
On Sunday morning, April 29, 2012 Trutanich attended a breakfast fundraiser in at Abbas Restaurant at 125 N. La Brea Ave, in Hancock Park.
Video and photos obtained by the Dragnet shows Trutanich arriving and leaving in a City of Los Angeles SUV driven by a LAPD Officer from Truanich's Security Detail.
Trutanich's SUV and its driver remained parked outside the restaurant for two hours while Trutanich spoke to a small group who made contributions to his campaign.
Section 49.5.5.B of the Municipal Code states that:
No City official or employee of an agency shall engage in campaign-related activities, such as fundraising, the development of electronic or written materials, or research, for a campaign for any elective office or ballot measure:
1. during the hours for which he or she is receiving pay to engage in City business; or
2. using City facilities, equipment, supplies or other City resources.
This is not the first time Trutanich's use of City resources in connection with his campaign has been questioned. Last week the Dragnet showed one of Trutanich's City vehicles illegally parked for an hour while Trutanich attended an endorsement interview at the Central City Association headquarters in Downtown LA.
Previously, City vehicles and personnel were seen being used in the production of Trutanich's ill-fated DA campaign video, ironically called 'True Stories.'
Trutanich may argue that the presence of LAPD is necessary to ensure his security, but that does not mean that Trutanich should not be required to reimburse the City for the high cost of providing a limousine service for his campaign activities. It was Trutanich who launched a 'criminal aspects' investigation into recovering the costs of LAPD personnel who were considered necessary to ensure security during the Michael Jackson memorial.
Is it one law for Trutanich and a different law for everyone else?