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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.
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October 5, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A three-year-old lawsuit between Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and City Controller Wendy Greuel ended with a fizzle this week, with an appeals court declining to say whether elected officials can be audited at City Hall. The lawsuit, inherited by Greuel and Trutanich when they took office in 2009, originated with a dispute between City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and City Controller Laura Chick. Delgadillo sued Chick in 2008, saying that she overstepped her authority when she attempted to audit his office's handling of workers' compensation programs.
OPINION
July 5, 2011
For much of the last decade, Los Angeles city officials and advocates for the homeless have clashed in and out of state and federal court over attempts to "clean up" downtown's skid row. In April, that battle heated up again when advocates sued the city, accusing police and the Bureau of Street Services of violating the constitutional rights of eight homeless men whose property — including carts, tents and other personal items — had been seized...
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March 29, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The Cudahy City Council, in a short, hastily called meeting Monday night, fired controversial longtime City Manager George Perez, who has run the tiny southeast Los Angeles County town for more than a decade. The council, voting 4 to 0 in closed session, also fired longtime City Atty. David Olivas, replacing him with Arturo Fierro, a partner in a firm that also represents Chino and Rialto. The council placed City Clerk Larry Galvan and Human Resources Director Crystal Hernandez on administrative leave.
OPINION
March 20, 2011
The line between art and vandalism seems to be getting a bit thin; such acclaimed talents as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Banksy have gotten big bucks for their works on canvas, but their works on billboards, buildings, culverts and other public surfaces cost property owners big bucks to clean up. In the case of one such street artist, Cristian Gheorghiu, the city of Los Angeles is looking for payback. As Times staff writer Richard Winton chronicled last week, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has filed suit against Gheorghiu and nine other graffiti artists (none as well-known as Gheorghiu)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Montebello officials said Wednesday night they are contacting every bank in their city and the "general vicinity" to make sure there are no other accounts with city funds that officials don't know about and don't have on their books. The announcement came a day after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said it had opened an inquiry into two off-the-books bank accounts that city officials recently discovered, one at Union Bank and one at Banco Popular. David Demerjian, deputy district attorney in charge of the public integrity unit, said the inquiry would help his office determine whether a criminal investigation was warranted.
OPINION
February 14, 2011
Just don't block traffic Re "Political protesters may face jail time in L.A. " Feb. 11 Protesters have the right to march on sidewalks and public places so long as they do not block traffic or cause a public nuisance. The protesters in your article knew they were doing something against the law. Why are they now alarmed at the consequences? I am personally irritated when protesters block traffic for hours on Wilshire Boulevard. Why can't they get a permit and do it lawfully?
OPINION
February 12, 2011 | Tim Rutten
From the hysterical reaction of two local prosecutors, you'd think Southern California suddenly had become Paris in 1848 ? or, maybe, contemporary Cairo. In Los Angeles, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who seems to have formed his notion of prosecutorial discretion during an earlier career as a schoolyard bully, has reversed his office's policy of treating arrests during the course of nonviolent political protests as infractions that could be resolved in informal hearings resulting in fines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is throwing the book at dozens of people arrested during recent political demonstrations ? a major shift in city policy that has him pressing for jail time in types of cases that previous prosecutors had treated as infractions. Some of the activists arrested, including eight college students and one military veteran who took part in a Westwood rally last year in support of the DREAM Act, face up to one year in county jail. Trutanich's aggressive stance is the latest episode in the city's decades-long legal struggle over the rights of protesters.
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January 20, 2011 | By Patrick McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
 The Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday that the latest cuts in its budget represent "a threat to public safety" and could result in fewer prosecutions of misdemeanor crimes. "This office is at a tipping point," said Chief Deputy City Atty. Bill Carter, who made the remark about public safety. The City Council shaved about $1 million from the city attorney's budget last week as part of about $18.2 million in city budget cuts. The budgets of the City Council and mayor's office also were cut by about $1 million.
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