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April 29, 2012 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times
If your destination is Bratislava, be prepared for a few questions: Is that in Eastern Europe? (No, it's in Central Europe.) Capital of Slovenia, right? (Uh, no.) Where is that? (The last question courtesy of a Customs employee at LAX.) Until recently, my schooling on all things Bratislavan occurred during a 20-minute stop on a train traveling from Prague, Czech Republic, to Budapest, Hungary, almost a decade ago. Several travelers boarded; a few disembarked. Some of them flashed passports, suggesting that we had stopped in a different country, in a major European city about which I knew … nothing.
April 6, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times
In a new escalation of the controversy over Los Angeles Fire Department response times, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's top lawyer accused the city attorney's office Thursday of improperly advising fire officials to keep some performance data secret. Brian Currey, the mayor's chief counsel, accused City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's office of blocking the release of detailed data showing how quickly firefighters arrive at emergencies. Among other things, Currey complained that the city's lawyers warned fire officials that they could face criminal charges for disclosing information that has been routinely distributed in the past, including the locations of emergencies.
March 18, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A candidate in the race to become Los Angeles County's top prosecutor has filed a lawsuit to prevent L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich from calling himself "chief prosecutor" or "chief criminal prosecutor" on the June ballot. In the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, Alan Jay Jackson accused Trutanich of using the "factually untrue, confusing and misleading" descriptions as part of an effort to fool voters into believing he has authority "beyond the bounds" of Los Angeles' city limits.
March 14, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
The race to become Los Angeles County's top prosecutor took final shape Wednesday in what promises to be an election dogfight, with one candidate announcing plans to sue to prevent L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich from calling himself "chief prosecutor" on the June ballot. With Wednesday's deadline up for would-be district attorney candidates, the field is set for Trutanich and five county prosecutors to battle for the chance to run the most powerful office in the county's criminal justice system — one responsible for prosecuting roughly 60,000 felony cases a year, including murders, rapes and robberies.
February 22, 2012
City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is a man of his word. OK, perhaps not when it comes to his campaign promise to serve out his full term, but certainly when it involves the city's homeless policies. Last June, his office vowed to appeal a preliminary injunction by a federal court that temporarily barred the city's Bureau of Street Services and police from seizing or destroying the unattended property of homeless people in downtown's skid row neighborhood. This month, he followed through, asking the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the injunction on the grounds that the city's homeless are in effect using the sidewalks as "their own public storage area.
February 18, 2012 | By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca admitted Friday that he broke state law by making a political endorsement while in uniform for an online campaign ad touting Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich for district attorney. Baca's acknowledgment came after inquiries from The Times about a video on Trutanich's campaign website that shows Baca wearing his badge and his department-issued sheriff's uniform. Although state law does allow sheriffs and other law enforcement officers to make political endorsements, they are not allowed to do so while in uniform.
February 13, 2012
There must be some mistake. We keep flipping through the pages of yesterday's Times, but we still can't find that full-page ad that City Atty. Carmen Trutanich pledged to buy in the event he broke his promise not to run for district attorney. He announced his candidacy on Thursday, and under the terms of the pledge he made when running for city attorney three years ago, the ad should have appeared in the paper on Sunday - but we still don't see it. It should be pretty easy to spot: He said it would have a large photo of him with the words "I AM A LIAR" in large block print.
December 17, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A fight is brewing at Los Angeles City Hall over whether voters can legally consider a ballot measure that would make porn actors wear condoms during filming within city limits. The proposed initiative would force any adult filmmaker to require that performers use condoms and allow the city to charge a fee for inspections of sets, according to Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Last month, the group said it had collected more than 70,000 signatures calling for a vote, far more than the 41,000 needed to put the measure on the city ballot in June.
December 7, 2011
Last weekend, leaders from around the Western Hemisphere gathered in Venezuela to inaugurate the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, a regional trade and security organization composed of 33 nations, including Cuba. The United States was noticeably excluded. In fact, in recent years it has been left out of a growing number of such groups. Now Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are threatening to further isolate the United States. They complain that President Obama's policies have alienated our allies in the region and want the administration to take a tougher stance on Cuba.
November 4, 2011 | Hector Tobar
From the age of 3, Olivia grew up inside a gated community, sleeping next to her Mexican immigrant mother in the maid's quarters of an affluent Westside home. In the beginning, Olivia's mother lived in fear that her little girl might break something belonging to her boss, a Hollywood agent. Later the agent and his family all but adopted Olivia as their own. She became a curiosity in that gated community, the only "Mexican" girl at many a neighborhood birthday party, and in games kids played on the street.
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