Krekorian supports Feuer for City Attorney
The Studio City Patch reports on the latest kick in the teeth to failed incumbent City Attorney, Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich. The kick comes from Councilmember Paul Kekorian who represents CD2, a onetime stronghold for Trutanich. But it is not a case of 'et tu Krekorian?' Krekorian, a former ally, had become so frustrated by Trutanich's antics in delaying drafting ordinances and providing legal advice, that he had proposed 'outsourcing' many of Trutanich's functions to the private sector.
Krekorian's endorsement of Feuer, while not altogether surprising, caps what must have been one of the worst weekends for the Trutanich reelection campaign. On Friday, the latest LA Times/U.S.C. poll placed Trutanich 18 points behind Mike Feuer, while on Sunday, Rick Orlov at the Daily News tipped off question marks over the $66k independent expenditure for Trutanich from Advanced Technologies Cleanup Inc. boss Ruben Garcia. The I.E. was disguised as coming from "a committee called LA Residents for Accountability to Support Carmen Trutanich, funded by AEG Inc." Orlov said.
"No, not that AEG." Orlov continues "Not the Anschutz Entertainment Group that built Staples Center and LA Live and tangled with Trutanich when he was first elected over who would pay the city's costs for the Michael Jackson memorial, as well as over the company's plans for a downtown sign district. 'It isn't us,' spokesman Michael Roth said.
It turns out the AEG behind the committee is Advanced Environmental Group, a Rancho Dominguez based firm, that is involved with cleaning up industrial and hazardous wastes."
It was LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus who threw a little light on the reason why Garcia was so keen to support Trutanich. "... the reasons for Garcia's benevolence go beyond mere friendship." Maddaus said. "Garcia has been pushing the Port of Los Angeles to approve his company's emissions-control technology, called AMECS, for shipping terminals and rail projects. So far, port officials have refused to require companies to use it."
The deal would likely be worth millions to Garcia, so perhaps he thought throwing a little cash at Trutanich would help. Perhaps Trutanich could send a message to the Port of LA that they need to use AMECS to comply with emissions standards?
Even though Trutanich will lose Tuesday's election, he will remain City Attorney until June 30, 2013. Perhaps there's a strong case for some serious oversight over the last days of the Trutanich regime to ensure the downfallen leader doesn't repay the favor? Krekorian would do well to propose such a measure. There is no longer a consent decree over LAPD, but perhaps a similar measure would be wise with the City Attorney's office until Trutanich is removed?