|Sheriff Baca has chosen Carmen Trutanich to be "Guest Speaker" at his retirement celebration.|
|This is not a joke. Trutanich is indeed slated to be "Guest Speaker" as Baca's retirement.|
Baca’s choice of guest speaker probably means we are in for more of the same, with the media to blame. It is truly a pity that Baca has chosen to mark the end of his career on such a low note with such a shabby guest speaker.
|Sheriff Baca was to have delivered a keynote victory speech at Trutanich's |
San Pedro Victory Party. It was not to be.
Baca’s choice of Trutanich to herald his departure from the Department is also seen by many as yet another sign of the 48-year law enforcement veteran’s failing judgment. “Why would you want someone publicly branded as a liar by the LA Times, someone who shamelessly broke his promise to voters, and someone who spectacularly lost two elections, to be the guest speaker at your retirement?” an observer commented. “It undermines all the good that Sheriff Baca has done, and suggests he is the same as Trutanich.” he said.
|Guest Speaker at Baca's retirement will forever be remembered by the LA Times headline|
"Carmen 'I am a Liar' Trutanich"
It started with Baca making an illegal “in uniform” endorsement for Trutanich.
That caused the Trutanich campaign to have to pull and edit their lavishly produced “True Stories” campaign video to remove the illegal endorsement. The added expense of removing the illegal endorsement was for naught, when days later, the reedited video was pulled altogether for violating YouTube’s “deceptive content policy” when the LA Times reported that Trutanich had paid for some 724,000 YouTube views, falsely claiming the video had “gone viral.”
|Sheriff Baca must have been aware of moves by Trutanich to unlawfully divert a $2M |
settlement check from the DA's Office to Baca, a 'political ploy' according to the DA
|Sheriff Baca was not involved in Trutanich's lie about being "surrounded and shot at by gangmembers"|
but even he must have realized Trutanich's tale was sheer fantasy and utterly false.
|An investigation by the FBI into fundraising activities on behalf |
of Trutanich's failed DA campaign is said to be ongoing.
If Baca’s unwise association and involvement in many of Trutanich’s failings was not reason enough for many to shun the retirement event, there is another; the awful prospect of having to listen to another one of Trutanich’s overly long, often rambling and largely incomprehensible speeches. Some time ago, former Daily News Editor, Ron Kaye, published “An Hour With Carmen Trutanich.” It was, perhaps, intended to be a puff piece for Trutanich hailing his so-called accomplishments in the face of growing criticism. Kaye himself must have been surprised by the 24 comments he rapidly received, all of which likened the prospect of spending an hour with Trutanich to something akin to Chinese water torture or running fingernails down a chalkboard.
There is, of course, another reason why Baca may be stuck with Trutanich as guest speaker; perhaps nobody else wants the job. If that’s true, it’s a sad endnote to a career that despite a rocky ending, has some highlights. Baca has made huge progress in the jails with his Education By Incarceration program, offering inmates a chance to learn life skills to help them upon release. He has also saved the futures of many young people with his Youth Foundation. But to have those achievements, and many others, hailed by someone who will forever be remembered by the LA Times headline “Carmen ‘I am a Liar’ Trutanich,” is an insult to the Sheriff. For all his flaws, he deserves better than Trutanich.