Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported.
With a statement evoking that time-proven French adage 'le plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose,' Bratton re-hashed his 2009 endorsement of Jack Weiss for City Attorney saying 'As L.A.’s former police chief, I know how much Los Angeles needs a city attorney who’s been in the forefront on public safety issues, has a strong track record as a problem-solver, has wide experience in the justice system and is universally-respected for his integrity. I’ve just described Mike Feuer [who] has a remarkable record of achievement as a lawyer and a public official.'
Bratton refrained from adding 'It's a no-brainer' to his glowing account of Feuer, and also omitted to mention that Feuer has never actually tried a criminal case, and appears to have never stepped foot inside a courtroom as a trial lawyer.
Bratton, readers will recall, controversially endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney in this tv commercial during Weiss's doomed City Attorney campaign.
Bratton's endorsement of another career politician should serve as a stark reminder to voters to give the appropriate weight to endorsements from officials who foist career politicians on us with no regard for their lack of qualifications, and who also seem to think we have no memory.
In Bratton's defense, it should be said that Jack Weiss had tried two criminal cases during his brief stint as an Assistant US Attorney, most notably prosecuting Darlene Gillespie, a former Mouseketeer, who subsequently spent three months in prison for fraud.
Bratton's endorsement also serves to jog the memory about other similarities between Feuer and Weiss; both were Los Angeles City Councilmembers for Council District 5, both were widely disliked within their district for poor representation of constituents, and both exemplified a certain limo-liberal 'we know better than you' attitude. While Weiss left politics for a career in Bratton's private security consultancy business after losing his bid to be City Attorney, Feuer bunny-hoped to the State Assembly after narrowly losing his first bid to be City Attorney to Rocky Delgadillo in 2001.
Feuer's decision to run for City Attorney seems to be born more out of need to hang on to a political paycheck than any genuine interest in being City Attorney. As noted, Feuer narrowly lost the 2001 race to the self-promoting Delgadillo. However, after Delgadillo's first lackluster term as City Attorney, Feuer declined to run against him. Many believe that Feuer could easily have defeated Delgadillo, however, it seems Feuer was more interested in Sacramento shenanigans than saving Los Angeles from Delgadilo's self-serving tenure as City Attorney. Feuer's inaction ensured that Delgadillo ran unopposed in 2005 and was thereby able to inflict further ruin on the City Attorney's Office in pursuit of his political career.
With the State of California facing financial ruin as a result of mismanagement by 'we know better than you' career politicians, voters will have in interesting choice in March; A pair of career politicians in the shape of Feuer, who didn't want the job in 2005, and Trutanich who didn't want the job in 2012. And then there's Greg Smith, he wants the job and most certainly is not a career politician.
Trutanich kites IOUs to pay off debt to LA's BEST
LA Weekly reported that failed DA wannabe Carmen Trutanich shoved a bunch of IOUs and a check worth ten cents in the dollar to LA's BEST After School Program of underprivileged school kids to try to make it look like he was honoring his debt.
According to records obtained by the LA Weekly, Trutanich's claim to have paid $100,000 to LA's BEST is a false and misleading as his claim to have 'three quarters of a million YouTube views' of his DA campaign video, his claim to be the 'Los Angeles Chief Criminal Prosecutor,' and his fairy tale about being 'surrounded and shot at by gangmembers.' It's all smoke and mirrors. Trutanich paid only ten thousand dollars to LA's BEST from his personal funds, not the one hundred thousand he was supposed to deliver. $25,000 was given by environmental clean-up firms that do business at the Port of Los Angeles who also contributed to Trutanich's D.A. campaign.
But the balance of the $100,000 that Trutanich promised to pay is made up by IOU's - 'pledges' from those companies to pay the balance over the next three years. Let's hope, for the sake of those school kids, that those companies think more of their pledges than Trutanich thinks of his.
It is no coincidence that none of the 'pledges' are due for payment until after both the 2013 primary and general elections. Once Trutanich loses his lame bid to be re-elected, would anyone care to guess what the likelihood is that those 'pledges' will be honored?
There is probably nothing more contemptible than reneging on a promise to a kid, but Trutanich seems to relish in his image of being a schoolyard bully, a coward and a thug. Trutanich should have paid his debt in full without being shamed into playing this lame, half-assed smoke and mirrors con trick on a bunch of underprivileged kids. Pay you debt Trutanich, get out of public office, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.