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January 15, 2013 | By Jim Newton
Monday night's debate of the principal city attorney candidates at Temple Israel of Hollywood was the first time all four had shared a stage. Although devoted in part to questions of faith, morality and responsibility, the discussion also featured a number of sharp exchanges over the effectiveness of the incumbent, Carmen Trutanich, and the credentials and ideas of his challengers, Assemblyman Mike Feuer and private lawyers Noel Weiss and Greg Smith. Smith, for instance, questioned whether voters should believe Trutanich, who once promised not to seek another office and then ran for Los Angeles district attorney.
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February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in two parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people who commit and arrange the crimes, and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
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March 12, 1997
How ironic. I returned from Sacramento, where I had argued before the California Supreme Court on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Department, and I read in The Times (March 6) that the Police Protective League says City Atty. James K. Hahn does not support its members in lawsuits. Either the PPL is misinformed, or leaders are not letting the facts interfere with their politics. Police officers and police policies are being vigorously defended everyday by the attorneys in Hahn's office.
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May 30, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A lawsuit alleging that City Atty.-elect Mike Feuer manipulated ethics laws to financially benefit his campaign has been thrown out of court. The action had been filed by a supporter of Feuer's rival, Carmen Trutanich. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Rico found meritless the claims by plaintiff Laura Lake that Feuer intentionally delayed paying campaign consultant John Shallman in order to qualify for taxpayer-provided matching funds. The suit, filed in the midst of the campaign, named both Feuer and Shallman as defendants.
OPINION
March 9, 2010
Young man goes East Re "Thousands protest state cuts to public schooling," March 5 Last year I was a senior at Palisades High School and in the top 5% of my class. I was accepted to all four UC schools to which I applied. I was also accepted to the University of Chicago. One of the many reasons that I chose to go to Chicago was that for a middle-class student like me, it was less expensive -- based on the financial aid packages I was offered -- to attend a private school out of state than to go to one of California's top public universities.
NEWS
October 7, 1990
I commend Julio Moran on his article "Political Brawl Over Homeless," Sept. 27. He did an excellent job of describing the situation in Santa Monica. As a 14-year resident, I would like to add my own observation about City Atty. Robert Myers. He is a very competent attorney and a person who behaves in a strikingly decent manner which transcends politics. He has always put his reputation where his beliefs are. One cannot help but admire such an individual. There are few in public office.
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April 6, 1990
City Atty. James K. Hahn endorsed Dianne Feinstein in her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor Thursday and announced that he will chair her campaign in Los Angeles County. "Dianne Feinstein proved she was an effective, capable leader while serving as mayor of San Francisco for nearly a decade," Hahn told a news conference. "I am proud to enthusiastically endorse (her) for governor and to actively participate in her election efforts."
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January 25, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
City Atty. Richard K. Denhalter announced this week that he is leaving the city to take a job in San Diego. Denhalter, who has worked for the city since March 1992, said he has accepted a position as chief deputy county counsel for San Diego County and will begin work there Feb. 10. "San Juan is just a wonderful place to work," said Denhalter, 49. "That's a little hard to leave." Before coming to San Juan Capistrano, Denhalter held city attorney positions in the Bay Area and for Placer County.
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April 6, 1990 | From United Press International
Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn endorsed Dianne Feinstein in her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor Thursday and announced he will chair her campaign in Los Angeles County. "Dianne Feinstein proved she was an effective, capable leader while serving as mayor of San Francisco for nearly a decade," Hahn told a news conference. "I am proud to enthusiastically endorse (her) for governor and to actively participate in her election efforts."
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March 11, 1997 | KIMBERLY SANCHEZ
City Atty. Jerry Patterson, who has served Dana Point since it was incorporated in 1989, has resigned. A former Santa Ana mayor and five-term member of Congress from the 46th District, Patterson is managing partner of the Burke, Williams & Sorensen law firm in Costa Mesa. He said in his letter of resignation that he wants to devote more time to state and national issues in Sacramento and Washington.
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May 22, 2013 | By Jean Merl and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
After an especially contentious campaign, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich conceded to challenger Mike Feuer late Tuesday, while attorney Ron Galperin was leading City Councilman Dennis Zine in partial returns for another citywide office, controller. From his jampacked party at a home in Hancock Park, Feuer said he was gratified by the "tremendous outpouring of support" he found as he campaigned in communities across the city. He promised to bring a "new level of connection" between the city attorney's office and L.A.'s neighborhoods.
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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 8, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, engaged in a tough fight for his job in this month's election, picked up support on Wednesday from his predecessor, Rocky Delgadillo. In 2001, Delgadillo defeated then-Councilman Mike Feuer in a close, bitter race and served for eight years before term limits barred him from running again. Feuer is Trutanich's opponent in the May 21 general election, which is turning out to be another contest fraught with controversy. Each camp has accused the other of various ethics violations, and Trutanich supporters have filed a lawsuit over a contract between Feuer and his consultant, John Shallman, which called for Feuer to pay Shallman just $1 for consulting services but provides a $50,000 “win bonus” if Feuer succeeded in unseating Trutanich.
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April 20, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has a steep hill to climb to keep his job in next month's election, a new USC Price/L.A. Times poll has found. Challenger Mike Feuer, a former city and state lawmaker, held a lead of more than 11 percentage points over Trutanich, drawing support from 36.8% of voters, compared with 25.5% favoring the incumbent. With about a month to go before election day, nearly 38% of the voters surveyed had not made up their minds. The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/L.A.
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April 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Maybe it's premature to say so, but there are indications that the two-decade court battle over seals lounging on a beach in La Jolla may be finished. A San Diego Superior Court judge this week refused to order the city to shorten the rope barrier that protects the marine mammals at the Children's Pool beach from being harassed. Judge Joel Pressman also refused to overturn an order by Mayor Bob Filner that the beach be closed to the public at night. Pressman ruled that the state Legislature in 2009, by giving the City Council the right to declare the area a marine mammal habitat park, ended the dispute about whether the presence of the seals violates the original tidelands grant that gave priority to children for the use of the beach and tranquil water.
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April 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors have closed an investigation into the spending habits of West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, whose charges on a city-issued credit card were the focus of a nearly two-year probe. Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said criminal charges will not be filed against Duran, who charged dozens of meals to his city expense account, spending more than $7,000 at local restaurants over three years. There was "no evidence available to contradict the claim of city officials that they were conducting public business during these meals," Huntsman wrote in a letter Thursday to a person who filed a complaint against members of the City Council.
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July 15, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Up for reelection in November, City Atty. James Hahn will address ways in which his office can improve neighborhood quality of life at the North Hollywood Rotary Club's monthly luncheon meeting today. "We think the most successful way to fight crime is to get the people involved, so we get the people involved," Hahn said. In particular, Hahn said, he will be touting the 5-year-old Focused Attack Linking Community Organizations and Neighbors program, better known as FALCON.
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January 23, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Less than six weeks before the election, Los Angeles city attorney candidate Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich on Thursday outlined his agenda for the office, promising to slash spending on outside counsel, improve training of deputy city attorneys, increase transparency and hire a team of investigators to aid the city attorney's office. "We spent in excess of $37.5 million last year on outside counsel; it's time to pull the plug on that expenditure," Trutanich said at a news conference outside City Hall.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Richard Winton
Los Angeles County prosecutors have closed an investigation into the spending habits of West Hollywood Councilman John Duran -- whose charges on a city-issued credit card were the focus of a nearly two-year probe. Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said criminal charges will not be filed against Duran, who charged dozens of meals to his city expense account, spending more than $7,000 at local restaurants over three years. There  was “no evidence available to contradict the claim of city officials that they were conducting public business during these meals,” Huntsman wrote in a letter Thursday to a person who filed a complaint against members of the City Council.
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April 1, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The two candidates battling to be Los Angeles city attorney in next month's election sharpened the contrasts in their views of the job during a forum Monday. “We don't do policy, we do law,” City Atty. Carmen Trutanich told a downtown gathering that focused on three issues: the environment, transportation and the economy. But former lawmaker Mike Feuer, Trutanich's challenger in the May 21 runoff, said he sees a broader role for the city's top lawyer - not only enforcing the law but also providing legal advice to council members and the mayor to help them shape policy and avoid costly litigation.
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