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May 21, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Laura J. Nelson and Jean Merl
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich was defeated in his bid for reelection by former Assemblyman Mike Feuer. Trutanich announced his concession about 11:30 p.m. [Updated at 11:45 p.m. At Rocco's Tavern in Studio City, he thanked supporters and attorneys. The crowd chanted, "Nuch! Nuch! Nuch!" "I ran for city attorney for all the right reasons, to be the people's lawyer," Trutanich said. He spoke of his rise from working-class roots in San Pedro and the accomplishments of the city attorney's office in his tenure.
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May 14, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Former lawmaker Mike Feuer and City Councilman Dennis Zine continue to hold leads in their races for citywide Los Angeles offices, new polling released Monday showed. In polling conducted April 29 through May 7 by the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., Feuer, a former member of the state Assembly and L.A. City Council, led City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who is seeking reelection in next week's balloting, 35 to 24%, with 41% of voters still undecided.
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May 14, 2013 | By Jean Merl
In the final days of the contentious contest for Los Angeles city attorney, some of the area's political leaders, once reticent to make endorsements, are choosing sides. Former lawmaker Mike Feuer picked up a big endorsement Tuesday from Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, who also slammed Feuer's opponent, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, for what she called a false campaign mailer. At a news conference outside City Hall East, which houses the offices of the city's top lawyer, Lacey said she needed a city partner, especially in helping the county implement the state's controversial prison realignment plan, which transfers certain types of felons to local jails to relieve overcrowding in state facilities.
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May 13, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
All he asks, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich frequently says, is that voters judge him on his record. As he wages an uphill battle to hang onto to his job in the May 21 election, Trutanich rattles off a list of reasons he should be "rehired" to head one of the nation's largest municipal law firms. He cites a substantially reduced reliance on costly outside attorneys, favorable outcomes in lawsuits that he says have saved taxpayers more than $300 million and a crackdown on illegal billboards that activists called scourges on their neighborhoods.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is lashing back at Monster Beverage Corp. with his own lawsuit a week after being sued by the Corona energy drink maker. The root of the legal barbs: Herrera's attempts to curb caffeine content in Monster products and his efforts to limit the company's marketing overtures to children. On Monday, Herrera's office filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court and also accused Monster in a statement of pitching highly caffeinated drinks to minors as young as 6 years old. Herrera accused the company of flouting scientific findings that the elevated blood pressure, brain seizures and severe cardiac arrest linked to such products can cause “significant morbidity in adolescents.” The lawsuit comes amid a “months-long investigation” into Monster's marketing and sales practices, according to Herrera, who also said he had been “working with Monster in good faith to negotiate voluntary changes” when the company unexpectedly took the issue to court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Two employees have been fired and three others disciplined at a Las Vegas hospital accused of "patient dumping" -- sending mentally ill patients to other states, including California. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that 10 of roughly 1,500 patients discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital had been placed on buses within the last five years without "a support system/family/friends/housing at the destination," the Sacramento Bee reported.
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April 26, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- Following state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's call for an investigation, federal authorities have taken disciplinary action against a Nevada hospital in an alleged case of "patient dumping" in California. In a letter dated Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave Nevada 10 days to correct problems at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital following reports it may have improperly discharged patients and bused them out of state. "If we do not receive an acceptable, timely submission, or if a resurvey finds that the hospital is not complying with any [conditions of participation]
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April 25, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
At an otherwise tame candidates' forum, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich again pounded his rival, Mike Feuer, for an unusual campaign contract that Trutanich said amounted to an unlawful manipulation of city election laws. "You have to ask yourself why anyone would lie to get $300,000 in matching funds," Trutanich thundered while waving a sheaf of documents that the former prosecutor said proves his case. "He's lying to you now and he will continue to lie if you elect him. " Feuer, a former state Assemblyman and City Council member, disputed Trutanich's assertion, assuring an Encino audience late Wednesday that the contract had passed scrutiny with the city's Ethics Commission.
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April 23, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Anna Gorman
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has launched a criminal probe into possible patient dumping by a psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, a spokesman said Tuesday.  Trutanich's office is trying to determine whether Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital improperly dumped patients in Los Angeles, as alleged in an investigation by the Sacramento Bee. "If we were to be able to find patients and we could determine that the patients were sent here...
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April 23, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has launched a criminal investigation into possible patient dumping by a psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, a spokesman said Tuesday. Trutanich's office is trying to determine whether Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital improperly dumped patients in Los Angeles, as alleged in an investigation by the Sacramento Bee. "If we were to be able to find patients and we could determine that the patients were sent here by Rawson-Neal, then potentially there could be laws broken in doing that," said Sandy Cooney, a spokesman for Trutanich.
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