Warning to City Hall: Messing with City Attorney-elect Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich just might be hazardous to your political health.
At least, we can all hope so.
Trutanich announced Monday a transition team (TRUTANICHTEAM.rtf) of more than 70 people he called a “who’s who” of people who are or have been prosecutors, law enforcement officers, academicians, attorneys, homeowner leaders, educators, gang prevention and specialists in civil rights, victims’ rights and animal rights advocates.
“As I stated often during the campaign, this election was not about me, it was about the people of Los Angeles who deserve a City Attorney who will bring honesty, integrity and transparency to City Hall,” said Trutanich.
“Many have never served in this capacity and offer fresh new ideas and new perspectives on the Office… to develop an action plan to restructure and reform the Office of City Attorney to
better serve the people of this great city.”
There is someone for everyone, including critics to find fault with, and obvious questions about just how a massive team with undoubtedly different views of how to approach a dozen categories of legal operations from gangs to environment, criminal and civil cases, public integrity and victim rights, land use and management.
The organizational task falls to Jane Usher as executive director of the transition team, a role certainly suited to the former President of the Planning Commission who stood up to the mayor on billboards and fought for growth that enhanced the quality of life in the city.
He stressed that outgoing City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s decision to try to protect as many as 30 political appointees from being fired by shifting them into civil service jobs complicated the transition task, especially at a time when the city faces a massive budget deficit.
Trutanich owed his election to grassroots support from Neighborhood Councils, homeowner groups and other community activists who saw Jack Weiss as little more than a cipher who would serve the political machine mindlessly.
His decision to appoint the well-connected former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg and former DIstrict Attorney Bob Philobosian as transition team chairs and this army of transition team supporters adds to the sense of expectation that will be difficult to fulfill.
Many can raise questions about what he’s doing, and rightly so.
But does anybody have a better way to put the City Hall political machine under pressure other than to get control of what their city-paid lawyers are doing to grease the gears of the moral — if not criminal — corruption that infects our local government?