A sparsely attended 'kickoff' for failed incumbent City Attorney Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich's new campaign office was significant not only because it signaled a change in campaign leadership as reported yesterday, but also because it revealed a split between Trutanich and his 'longtime supporter' Mort Allen.
|The Studio City Patch reported that Trutanich was looking for a 'storefront' on Ventura Blvd.|
'Longtime supporter' Mort Allen wanted to provide the office space, but has been kicked out.
|Trutanich has moved his campaign office away from 'longtime supporter' Mort Allen's|
location on Ventura Blvd., to an office suite in this building on Sherman Way
|A smattering of campaign yard signs evinces the location of the Trutanich campaign office.|
|Trutanich's former campaign office at Allen Plaza was still displaying campaign signs while|
the Trutanich campaign 'kicked-off' its office on Sherman Way.
|The Allen Plaza tenant directory still lists 'Committee to reelect Carmen Trutanich City Attorney'|
occupying 'Suite A,' despite Trutanich appearing to have abandoned the location in favor of an
office suite on Sherman Way.
According to records recently filed with the City Ethics Commission, Trutanich reported paying Allen $1,000.00 on January 11, 2013 for what could be rent for the storefront, however, it is not clear what period of time that payment covers.
|Trutanich has reported making a sole payment to 'Allen Realty Plaza LLC' |
for ''Office Expenses,' however, it is unclear if that relates to rent or other services.
Another reason for the split could be the issue of the unlawful signs that Trutanich continued to display at the location for two years after he had vacated the premises following the 2009 election.
Once Trutanich ceased to occupy the premises, his large billboards required a permit for 'off site' advertisements. However, Trutanich had issued a citywide ban on all new off site advertising and his own billboards appeared to be in violation of his own law. In what became the embarrassing 'Billboardgate' scandal, pressure from the the media and the Ban Billboard Blight movement forced Trutanich to remove his offending signs.
Given the apparently troubled history regarding Trutanich's association with Allen and his Allen Realty Plaza location, his poor showing at the polls, and his almost daily, laughable accusations of 'ethics violations,' perhaps Trutanich took heed of new advice (perhaps from his new campaign consultant) and finally, if ignominiously, decided to sever ties with Allen.
Now that Trutanich has moved his campaign office, his campaign signs at Allen Realty Plaza need to be removed. Their continued presence is not only a blight on Ventura Blvd., but appears to represent a violation of Trutanich's ban on un-permitted off site advertising. The message is clear. Mr. Trutanich, tear down those signs.