City Attorney Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich took a beating last week in the press and at City Council for trying to solve the billboard mess created by City Hall over seven years.
It’s a good thing he’s a tough guy from San Pedro and takes pride in being a pig-headed bull in a china shop. He broke a lot of dishes again last week and hopefully his repeated references to the commission of crimes will soon be backed up with the evidence to produce indictments.
In the 10 weeks he has been in office, Nuch has demonstrated he has no more respect for the exquisite sensibilities of the Council than for the power of AEG’s Tim Leiweke, developers or anyone else.
Poor Ed Reyes’ trust is shaken by the breakdown in unanimous acquiescence , Richard Alarcon is saddened at seeing department heads told to obey the law, Greig Smith is outraged at the prospect the law might override sweetheart deals and Jan Perry, her voice quivering with emotion, is out for revenge.
Good work, Nuch. We’ve waited a long time for this, a city official who doesn’t give a damn about the niceties of the fine art of political corruption, whether misfeasance or malfeasance, and just wants to see an effective law in place to end the runaway proliferation of digital billboards that blight our landscape.
They call him a bully for standing up to the people’s interest. They
say he is abusing his authority for trying to bring control to billboards and marijuana shops, and end giveaways of public money without
Maybe the Neighborhood Councils and homeowner groups can learn something from Nuch and stop saying thank you every time a city official talks nice to them while picking their pocket.
It’s been 17 years since Rodney King, of all people, asked the question that is at the heart of what’s wrong with LA: “Why can’t we all just get along?”
King’s his plaintive plea came at the height of the 1992 riots that followed acquittal of the officers who beat him half to death a year earlier.
This time it’s not the poor who are looting stores, burning down buildings and firing guns into the night. It’s the middle class that is angry, people who vent their grievances without engaging in mayhem in the streets.
They are fed up with being treated like feudal peasants, of being squeezed for every dollar they have without getting anything in return, of seeing their neighborhoods wrecked by developments that turn the law on its head, of services being cut, their futures being mortgaged and theircity lurching toward bankruptcy.
They want to know how come City Hall gave hundreds of
millions of dollars in taxpayer money to AEG so the company could reap
billions in profits with arenas, luxury hotels and condos and expensive
restaurants 90 percent of the people can’t afford.
They want to know how come homeowners’ trash fees were tripled to hire more cops and most of the money was used for other purposes and now we’ve stopped hiring cops altogether.
They want to know how come they are being slugged with one water and power rate increase after another and we’ve got water mains bursting all over town and the dirtiest power plants in California.
There’s a thousand other questions people have about what’s going on at City Hall so if anybody asks today why we can’t just get along, the answer is: City Hall is at war with its people, engaging in one dirty back room deal and bureaucratic dirty trick after another.
It’s clear nothing will change without a fight that brings City Hall back under the control of the people.
So give ‘em Hell, Nuch! It’s about time somebody stood up to the power structure and starting getting answers.