Poor Carmen Trutanich, we loved him so because he wasn’t Jack Weiss and because he promised to be the “people’s lawyer” — now he’s just another bum who betrayed us.
Oh, the inexorable laws of karma, why does anyone think they can beat their destiny?
Even staid LA Times reporters and editors are going to have a laugh or two this morning at 9 a.m. at LA Now Live Chat.
“Times reporter Jack Leonard will be joining us on L.A. Now Live to chat about a judge’s decision not to allow City Atty. Carmen Trutanich to call himself “Los Angeles chief prosecutor” on the June election ballot.
“Trutanich is running for district attorney in what is shaping up to be a contentious battle to replace Steve Cooley. The ruling sided with one of Trutanich’s main rivals in the race for district attorney, Alan Jackson.”
Trutanich had tried to get the ballot designation :chief prosecutor” or “chief criminal prosecutor” but the judge rules those titles were “misleading” and “create confusion” so he wound up with the title “LA city prosecutor,” which could apply to hundreds of city lawyers
Jackson, a deputy DA, accused Trutanich of trying “to mislead and deceive the voters with aconcocted ballot designation.”
“This guy is a pathological liar,” added Jackson’s political strategist, John Thomas, after the hearing. “Now we have a judge who is agreeing with us.”
For her part Chief Deputy DA Jackie Lacey, who has the endorsement of DA Steve Cooley, announced her campaign raised more money in the latest reporting period than Trutanich.
“Last week, I made a mistake in this newsletter,” she said. “We didn’t match the financial donations of the City Attorney for the last reporting period. We exceeded them! We raised more than $129,000 between January 1, 2012, and March 17, 2012. The City Attorney reported raising approximately $118,000. We moved to 2nd place in overall funds raised among declared candidates in the race.”
With Cooley retiring, the DA’s race has drawn six candidates in a healthy competition — a sharp contrast to the county supervisors races where Don Knabe, Mike Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas have all the money and the power of incumbency.
No supervisor has lost a race in more than 30 years and that toxic tradition will continue with Knabe and Ridley-Thomas facing no opponents and Antonovich challenged by a Palmdale convenience store owner who promises to spend less than $1,000 reaching the 2 million people in the sprawling district.
Still, just to be safe Knabe raised $352,000 f:rom an array of contractors, builders, developers and casinos, even though no major challenger was on the horizon and he’s now running unopposed,” according to the Times.
“Antonovich has collected nearly $364,000 with many contributions coming from developers in his district, along with engineers and contractors. Mark Ridley-Thomas has collected $444,000 with donations from numerous unions, healthcare workers and physicians, and attorneys…
“Political experts said the big campaign funds that the supervisors often build up early, partly from those with financial interests in their decisions, serve as another deterrent. By collecting large sums before opponents emerge or when they face even token opposition, the supervisors can discourage potential challengers and the donors who might otherwise consider backing them.”
All of which goes to show you that you get the government they pay for.