Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy President's Day

Clinton and Romney look set to be the voters choice in 2016
While the choice of America's next President is a way's off, the likelihood is that it will boil down to a battle between a pair of veteran campaigners.

Closer to home, however, is the choice of the next President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys with incumbent Donna McClay appearing to be the likely winner when the votes are counted Tuesday night.

If you did not vote, then you have yourself to blame if you don't like the winner. 

Sheriff's Race Developments

Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton has joined the ever-growing list of prominent law enforcement personalities supporting Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in his bid to become LA County's next Sheriff. The LA Times reported that Bratton has endorsed his former Assistant Chief.

While the McDonnell camp continues to look stronger and the likely pick of voters, challenger, former Undersheriff Paul Tanka's campaign suffered a major setback with the LA Times reporting on emails linking Tanaka uncomfortably to the scandal surrounding the hiding of the FBI informant who blew the whistle on corruption and abuse in the County Jail.

McDonnell's late entry to the race was a game changer and major upset to former favorite Bob Olmsted, who had replaced his campaign management from John Thomas to John Shallman. Shallman probably thought Olmsted was a sure winner with both Baca and Tanaka looking unlikely to win. But when McDonnell stepped in, rumor has it that Shallman wasted no time in courting candidates in other races to make up for the likely fall off in Olmsted's campaign warchest. Today the LA Times reported that Shallman will represent Marianne Williamson in her bid to replace retiring Congressman Waxman's 33rd District seat. Interestingly, a former Shallman client LA Mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel is also running for that seat. It's a case of deja vu all over again, with Shallman being no stranger for representing clients in one campaign, only to rip them to shreds in another. Just ask former DA wannabe Carmen Trutanich ...

Voter Initiative To Reform Death Penalty Kicks Off 

Thursday, February 13, 2014, Los Angeles: Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, Former LA District Attorney Steve Cooley and Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings Launch Signature Gathering Effort.

Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings were joined by Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, and former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley to announce the launch of signature gathering for a statewide ballot initiative to fix the death penalty in California.

Voters support reform of California’s death penalty. It has become ineffective because of waste, delays, and inefficiencies.  Fixing it will save California taxpayers millions of dollars every year, assure due process protections for those sentenced to death and promote justice for murder victims and their families. Death row inmates have murdered over 1000 victims, including 229 children and 43 police officers; 235 victims were raped and 90 victims were tortured.  It’s time California reformed our death penalty process so it works.

This initiative will ensure justice for both victims and defendants by:
1.      Reforming the Appeals Process

2.      Reforming Death Row Housing and Victim Restitution

3.      Reforming the Appointment of Appellate Counsel and Agency Oversight

More information on the initiative can be found at


Anonymous said...

I don't know where you get the idea that Donna McClay is the likely winner. There have been no statements from the ADDA about the numbers of ballots received. It's either speculation or further proof that the fix is in and that AFSCME, who want McClay, will stuff the mailbox.

Marc Debbaudt is the only candidate who will stand up to AFSCME and the administration. I hope he wins.

Anonymous said...

Hey anonymous:

Why don't you see if you can get a copy Debbaut’s e-mail sent out at 7:59 am on Jun 24, 2012 attacking Hyatt Seligman. It starts off by saying that the ADDA should back Ipsen. It goes on to say Seligman is a "petty pathetic insulting pompous buffoon" possibly “overdosed on antipsychotic medication” a “self-righteous twisted demented skewed irrational creep.” That the only thing that would shock the ADDA members is that Seligman is a “completely offensive revolting asshole” and that his (Seligman’s) greatest accomplishment is “touting yourself as some morally superior intellect who has to chastise anyone who isn’t aligned with you and bore them with your infantile ethics sermons.” It ends with “you need therapy because the medication isn’t working. Fuck you!”

Is that the kind of individual you want to be in charge of the union?

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but IF the email that 12:17pm quotes is true, then it is possibly one of the few times that Debbaudt was correct. He sums up Seligman perfectly. I know, the poor guy just passed away, but he was who he was and even the LA Times obituary didn't pull any punches saying he would be remembered for 3 cases, that he lost!

The truth is that all of these crazies, Ipsen, Seligman, Bozajian and Debbaudt, are all people with very very personal vendettas gripes and complaints about their jobs. They use and abuse the ADDA to advance their personal agendas, they take delight in embarrassing the administration at the cost of being effective representatives of ALL DDAs, and all are utterly unfit to lead the ADDA, in my opinion.

Debbaudt may have been right about Seligman but he was wrong to express his thoughts so colorfully. That said his email is the funniest thing I've read! I literally laughed out load as I read it.

Anonymous said...

Bob Olmsted is a great guy and would make a great Sheriff. I think he made a huge mistake in leaving John Thomas for Shallman because Thomas works like a dog even when money is tight, but Shallman only wants the cash. Just ask Carmen! LOL

Anonymous said...

@2:57PM Ask Wendy Greuel too ...

Anonymous said...

Whoever has the March Debbaudt email should send it to the Dragnet for full publication.

This is without doubt the best evidence of just how seriously flawed the old ADDA folks were.

Anonymous said...

12:17PM. The email that you are quoting from was probably sent in confidence to ADDA Board Members only. Disclosing it now is not only in bad taste, but also in violation of ADDA practices which disfavors disclosure of such matters to the plebiscite, who generally do not understand all the issues.

Disclosures like this will have a chilling effect on communications between Board Members. In any organization there are going to be differences of opinion between executives, and they must be able to discuss their differences freely and without scrutiny from the general membership.

It was wrong of 12:17PM to disclose the contents of this email. In all fairness the Dragnet should delete it, or at a minimum publish the full text of Marc's statement to the Met News on February 11, 2014 when he spoke more calmly of Hyatt Seligman's great contributions. As I am certain that the Dragnet will do neither, I direct you to the following link to Marc's statement.

Here's what Marc said:

"Marc Debbaudt, a Los Angeles deputy district attorney who served on the board of directors of the ADAA with Seligman and is now a candidate for president, said:

“I think he was hoping to retire, and it is very sad he didn’t get that opportunity…He volunteered his time to help improve the working conditions and salaries of his fellow DDAs, and he did so without compensation, and I think he was generous in that regard.”

Very well said Marc. You may have had your differences with Hyatt, lord knows, many did. But in his passing you were gracious enough to put your differences aside and honor Hyatt for being the great leader that he was. He was a man amongst men, a DA's DA, and an example to us all.

The Dragnet probably will not publish this comment either, because it is very clear that you only publish remarks that favor your personal agenda.

Anonymous said...

Stop publishing anything negative about Hyatt. Berger, you unprofessional baffoon. Hyatt was a great guy. May he rest in peace. You delete some posts, but think the above are acceptable. Hyatt and Marc bantered back and forth all the time like that. Boys will be boys when they don't agree. The truth is that they were good friends and always have been. Are you going to make Marc your next hit man? YOU ARE GROSS INSIDE!!!

Anonymous said...

Funny how the tin-foil-hat crowd is angry that Marc's offensive email ended up on the Dragnet comment board, but they're not angry at Marc for the original disgraceful email.

And as for context I DARE THIS BUNCH to post the entire Debbaudt email so that fellow DDA's can decide if anything justified such vile commentary.

My guess is that unless Debbaudt and Seligman were in some form tantrum based group therapy, no one would find Debbaudt's conduct acceptable.