The Jackie Lacey for D.A. campaign scored three more powerful endorsements today: Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Robert Philibosian and United States Congressman Adam Schiff.
Lacey, who won the support of Los Angeles County's largest law enforcement organizations, is continuing to show tremendous bipartisan support in the race for D.A. Molina and Schiff are Democrats and Philibosian is a prominent Republican.
Gloria Molina, a pioneering elected leader, was the first Latina ever elected to the California Legislature. For the past 21 years, she has served with distinction as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Molina stated: "With 26 years' exemplary experience as a prosecutor and top administrator in the District Attorney's Office, Jackie Lacey has the skills to be an outstanding District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Our county faces a number of critical criminal justice issues, particularly in managing the state's poorly planned "realignment," which will shift thousands of felons from incarceration in state prisons to the county jail. We desperately need a proven leader as D.A. to tackle these tough issues. We need Jackie Lacey."
Robert Philibosian served as Los Angeles County District Attorney from 1981 to 1984. Currently a leading legal practitioner, Philibosian is of counsel with the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton.
"As a former Los Angeles County District Attorney myself, I know that leading this complex office is no job for someone lacking management experience," Philibosian said. "That's why I am proudly supporting Jackie Lacey, the prosecutor with the experience to be a great D.A."
Adam Schiff has served in the United States Congress since 2001, where he sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Previously, Schiff served one four-year term in the California Senate and six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Los Angeles office.
Schiff said in endorsing Lacey: "As a former federal prosecutor, I have some ideas about what it takes to be a successful District Attorney. Jackie Lacey combines an extensive record as a successful courtroom prosecutor with experience managing the day-to-day operations of the nation's largest local prosecutor's office. I proudly endorse Jackie Lacey for D.A."
For a complete list of Lacey's endorsements, visit her website at www.JackieLacey.com.
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Jackie Lacey tackles tough topics on KPKF's Uprising Radio
KPFK's Uprising Radio, hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar, to answer some tough questions as to why she believes she is the 'most qualified' to become LA's next District Attorney.
In the almost half hour long interview, Lacey gave a fascinating insight into how the daughter of an impoverished African American family who fled the racism and oppression of the South for California in the 50's, became her family's 'first kid' to go to college, eventually winning a scholarship to USC's School of Law. After graduating she joined the DA's Office rising through the ranks to hold the number two position in the nations' largest prosecutorial agency, with day-to-day oversight of the Office's 1,000 attorneys and 1,100 support staff.
As well as explaining the organizational structure of the DA's Office with a clarity sure to be appreciated by line deputies who often wonder what, precisely is the relationship between the DA, Chief Deputy, Assistant DAs, Bureau Directors, Head Deputies and Assistant Head Deputies , Lacey also explains her position on the topics that she believes are of the greatest concern to Los Angelenos; Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Third Strikes reform, Death Penalty, Prison Overcrowding and the DA's recent crackdown on 'feel good' doctors who recklessly dispense prescription medication with often lethal consequences.
As to how Lacey feels about being the first female DA, and the first African American DA, Lacey explains that while she would be proud to break those barriers, she nevertheless feels that it is her twenty five years of experience in the DA's Office, twelve of which have been in senior management, that best qualifies her to lead the Office. She touts her endorsements by DA Steve Cooley, the LA Times, and LA's two largest police associations; the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.
It is an engaging and insightful interview, and doubtless provides a preview of the issues likely to be discussed at next week's two District Attorney candidates' forums; the first co-hosted by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise and the Italian American Lawyer's Association on September 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Casa Italiana, 1051 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, and the second being the Association of Deputy District Attorney's DA Candidates' forum on September 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), 369 E. First Street, Los Angeles 90012.
Lacey appears to be on something of a roll these past weeks, with sources in her campaign revealing that she is leveraging the momentum she has gained by her slew of endorsements into almost nightly fundraising events. A recent event at DA Steve Cooley's home is understood to have been a 'resounding success' with over 75 influential community and law enforcement leaders in attendance, and the campaign is exceeding its fundraising targets to ensure a 'robust' campaign in the run up to the November election.
Trutanich backers pay the price for selling Los Angelenos a 'bill of goods'
|Pep Streebek joins the Dragnet|
as a contributing blogger
Steebek joins the Dragnet as a contributing blogger to help inform readers of the way political hacks try to foist their kindred spirits on voters. What, exactly, did Sherman think he was doing by supporting the loathsome, unseemly and consistently deceptive candidacy of Carmen 'the Clown' Trutanich?
Was it a case of sheer ignorance on the part of Sherman, that he had no idea of the well documented history of betrayal and deception by the man the LA Times called a 'Liar,' or was it that Sherman didn't care how unsavory and unsuitable Trutanich was for the position of District Attorney?
Despite Sherman's best efforts to fool voters into buying what he was selling, voters were able to see though the bullshit, and roundly rejected Trutanich's 'Hindenburg-like' candidacy. Sherman will likely pay the price for betraying the trust of voters when he faces his challenger in November.
Sherman, of course, was not alone in endorsing and supporting the lie laden candidacy of Carmen Trutanich. Termed-out Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine, who now aspires to become City Controller, showed the kind of reckless misjudgment that should disqualify him from holding the public trust, by not only backing Trutanich, but pulling his endorsement of Alan Jackson. Will Zine make the same kind of reckless decisions should he succeed in becoming City Controller?
Trutanich paid the price for betraying our trust when he was politically castrated on June 5. His lame attempt to hang on to the City Attorney job that he considered beneath him, will fail as miserably as his disastrous DA campaign. Thanks to the clarion voice of Streebek, those who were as foolish and arrogant to think that voters can be so easily fooled, will likely meet the same fate as Trutanich. Brad Sherman, Dennis Zine, and a few others need to publicly apologize for the way they betrayed our trust.