Meet Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, a well-funded candidate for L.A. City Attorney, who wants to get tough on gangs and illegal immigrant criminals.
Clearly, he’s not City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and certainly not Councilman Jack Weiss, the man anointed by the mayor and L.A. corrupt insider political culture to perpetuate the soft on crime policies that are driving away the middle class, making it impossible for the working poor to get ahead and leaving vast neighborhoods terrorized by hoodlums.
“Nuch” is a different sort. He’s raised half a million dollars which is half what Weiss has raised but more than enough to be competitive and he has a lot of support from law enforcement and the backing of Sheriff Lee Baca, District Attorney Steve Cooley and former Assembly Speaker and mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg.
When you look at where their bundled money is coming from, you find Weiss is on the take big time from developers with massive projects that the community has gotten little or no say about, Trutanich is on the take from cops and judges.
I spoke with “Nuch” today in the context of Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. protest at Weiss’ district office at 822 S. Robertson Boulevard, Suite 102. It’s being staged by KABC talk show host Doug McIntyre who is calling for an open public debate in City Council on Jamiel’s Law, which Weiss has bottled up in committee (See next item).
“No ifs ands or buts about it,” Trutanich told me, “I’d have a zero tolerance policy. Commit a crime, you’re gone.”
Trutanich makes the point that the problem is that
LAPD isn’t even following its own rule, Special Order 40. Only the
first paragraph making sure cops don’t investigate people solely for
immigration violations gets any attention.
The rest of it, he
notes, requires cops to make arrest files with the notation
“undocumented alien” and to notify immigration authorities if the
suspect is arrested for multiple misdemeanors, a felony or has previous
“We just need to enforce all of Special Order 40 and we’ll have taken a big step forward in dealing with gangs.
commitment to law and order goes beyond gangs to go after billboard
companies that have littered the city with illegal signage, illegal
conversions of single family homes into tenements and unlicensed and
“i’ll be honest and transparent. I guarantee that,” he said.