The website announced that there would be 'a viewing from 4-6 pm at McNerney’s Mortuary, 570 W. 5th. Street, San Pedro' on Thursday, and that 'a funeral mass will be said Friday (March 8) at 10:30 am for Esther Trutanich, the mother of Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 870 W. 8th. Street, San Pedro.'
Neither event was stated to be 'private' suggesting that the press were welcome. A search of news events over the past few days suggests that the press allowed Trutanich and his family the appropriate degree of privacy, notwithstanding any contrary intentions.
Using the passing of the his mother for campaign purposes probably surprises few who know Trutanich. What was surprising was a request that 'in lieu of flowers
Yes, that's LA's Best, the 'after-school enrichment program for tens of thousands of Los Angeles elementary school children.' The very same LA's Best that Trutanich stiffed when he reneged on his promise to pay one hundred thousand dollars of his personal funds to, as and when he violated another of his promises; his 'Pledge to Serve.'
Trutanich was eventually shamed into reluctantly coughing up a personal check for just $10k, claiming he 'was not a rich guy,' but leaving him with a $90,000.00 debt that he still has not settled, but has purported to satisfy with a $20k in donations backed by some paper pledges from those supporters (but not Trutanich) to make further donations in the future.
Bottom line, Trutanich still owes $90k of his personal funds to LA's Best, and his attempt to use funeral donations to pay off his debts just adds to the countless ways Trutanich has proved himself unfit for public office.