Newly elected Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer wasted no time getting to grips with the mess left behind by defeated incumbent Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich.
In an office-wide email blast this morning Feuer invited all staff to a 3PM meeting at Deaton Hall, the meeting room at LAPD's Headquarters. "Los Angeles is at a pivotal time in its history and the City Attorney's
Office is central to the quality of life of our residents and
businesses," Feuer told LA Observed. "The members of
my team have the wide breadth of experience, commitment and passion to
help carry out an ambitious agenda to make Los Angeles a better and
safer place to live, work, raise a family and visit."
Feuer is expected to introduce some of his key staff members including:
Chief of Staff: Leela Ann Kapur. Kapur has 24 years of experience in the
Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel, most recently as Chief Deputy.
In the County Counsel's Office, she represented and advised the Board
of Supervisors, other County officials, departments, agencies and
commissions on a wide variety of legal issues. As Chief Deputy, she was
responsible for the administration of the office and assisted the County
Counsel in managing all of the County’s diverse legal matters.
Chief Deputy: Jim Clark. Clark has more than 38 years of civil litigation
experience, was a long-time partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is a
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has handled a
multitude of complex civil litigation matters at every level of the
California and Federal Courts.
Special Assistant City Attorney: Capri Maddox. Maddox previously served as a
Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney where she worked in the following
units: Central Trials, Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, Complex
Litigation and General Counsel Section. Before returning to the Office
of the City Attorney, she was President of the City of Los Angeles Board
of Public Works.
Director of Policy and Inter-Governmental Relations: Alex Ponder. Ponder served as Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director for Feuer when he
was in the State Assembly. Previously he was a Legislative Advocate for
the National League of Cities and Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City
Council Member Cindy Miscikowski. He also worked for Feuer when he was
on the City Council.
Director of Community Engagement and Outreach: Rob Wilcox. Wilcox is the
former Director of Communications for the California High-Speed Rail
Authority, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission and Los
Angeles City Controller Laura Chick.
Feuer's approach to getting to meet the troops at the City Attorney's Office stands in marked contrast to that of the defeated incumbent, who insisted on a Saturday morning meeting, forcing many to use their personal time to meet their new leader and excluding many who could not attend for religious reasons.
Feuer also went out of his way to assure all who cannot attend the 3pm meeting that there will be many other opportunities to meet their new leader and his management team.
One thing those attending the 3pm meeting can be sure of, is that Mike Feuer will be there at 3pm. Back in 2009 Trutanich turned up 45 minutes late for his first Senior Staff Meeting. To add insult to injury, the man soon to become known as 'Carmen the Clown' burst into the 8th Floor conference room blabbing away on his Blackberry without a word of apology or explanation to the key people who were kept waiting.
Worse, the newly elected leader appeared distracted, bored and disinterested at the prospect of meeting his senior staff and hearing of their concerns. Instead, he insisted on dominating the meeting with nonsensical platitudes about 'no politics' in the office, keeping the 'doors to the 8th floor open' (whatever the hell that was supposed to mean), and ranting on about having to do something about the upcoming Michael Jackson Memorial at Staples Center.
Trutanich established himself as a class one buffoon that morning. He made it clear that he much preferred the sound of his own voice to anything anyone else had to say, unless it was to agree with him and remind him how wonderful he was.
At 3pm today, those of the staff at the City Attorney's Office who can attend the meeting will get a chance to see just how different the next four years will be.