On January 19, 2013, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich ordered his Chief Deputy William Carter to 'investigate' rival City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer for violating 'ethics rules by making a campaign statement at a Studio City Neighborhood Council meeting,' according to the Encino-Tarzana Patch.
On March 11, 2013, Trutanich appeared to violate those same ethics rules when he delivered a patently self-aggrandizing campaign statement to the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council meeting on March 11, 2013.
It is not known whether Trutanich was invited to address the HSDNC, or whether he invited himself, but judging by the somewhat equivocal introductory 'welcome' he was given, it seems more than likely that Trutanich invited himself.
Trutanich started his reelection pitch by stating he was there as the City Attorney, and was not campaigning, a statement that has as much credibility as Trutanich's Pledge to Serve, his promise to support the Controller's right to audit, his claim to have three quarters of a million YouTube views for his DA Campaign video, his claim that DA Steve Cooley engaged in 'suspicious political activity' by hiding his DA personnel file, or his claim to have been surrounded and shot at by gang members.
The reaction from Trutanich's first lie of the evening was fairly evident; they were not buying it either.
As the excerpt from the meeting shows, Trutanich followed his usual campaign playbook; using his family as a shield to deflect and deter any negative comment. He magnanimously informed the audience that he was sacrificing his 35th wedding anniversary celebration in order to speak to them. How nice. It seems likely that Trutanich will be able to celebrate his 36th wedding anniversary in private when he is extracted from Los Angeles politics after his impending defeat in the May 21 runoff election.
Not only did Trutanich have his wife in tow, but he also dragged his Chief Deputy, William Carter, to the meeting. It is, however, unlikely that Carter will 'investigate' his paymaster for violating the same ethics rule he accused Feuer of breaking. Let's face it, when it comes to playing by the rules, Trutanich is clearly one of those 'do as I say, but don't do as I do,' politicians who believes there is one rule for himself, but a different rule for everyone else.
The majority of Trutanich's campaign pitch was to claim the credit for a 23% reduction in crime, although he did not elaborate as to how, exactly, he had single-handedly accomplished that feat. Instead he insisted that it was because he was 'doing his job.'
At one point during the awkward 'Q&A' session that followed Trutanich's campaign pitch, the embattled wannabe 'Los Angeles Chief Criminal Prosecutor' also pointed to his 2009 'Blueprint for Change,' inviting the audience to 'Google "Trutanich Blueprint for Change"' where they can see his many campaign promises and claims.
The buffoon clearly hasn't performed the search himself. Had he done so, he might have realized that the top hit when performing such a search reveals an annotated copy of his blueprint, replete with all his false claims and broken promises.
Trutanich shunned at Friendly Sons of St. Patrick meeting
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick dinner at the ballroom of LA Live's JW Marriott Hotel featured a long and large top table populated by leading Los Angeles civic and political figures, such as retired Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Noticeably absent from the top table was City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. He wasn't even mentioned as the long list of dignitaries in attendance was announced.
'Dead man walking' was the way one observer commented on Trutanich's exclusion from mention, a sign that most see Trutanich's political future as over after the May 21 runoff election that Mike Feuer is expected to win handily. Another remarked that the election will be 'a run out rather than a runoff,' noting that 70% of Los Angelenos voted against Trutanich in the primary election.
As the slow motion train wreck that is the Trutanich reelection campaign heads towards its inevitable conclusion, the first of a series of debates is scheduled for Wednesday evening, co-hosted by the Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise and the Italian American Lawyers Association.
At least Trutanich will be announced at this event.