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September 3, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz has asked his colleagues to end the dispute between the former city attorney and the former city controller over whether the controller can audit programs in the offices of elected officials. Koretz wants the council to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo to prevent his office from being audited. But a sticking point remains: Who should pay the more than $100,000 in legal fees incurred by former City Controller Laura Chick over the course of her legal fight with Delgadillo, who was forced from office this spring by city term limits.
July 22, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich on Tuesday said his inquiry into the city's role in providing support for the Michael Jackson memorial may have unearthed some "criminal aspects," although he added that he could not discuss details. Trutanich's assistants are investigating events leading up to the July 7 memorial, including which city officials authorized the deployment of thousands of police officers. The city spent an estimated $1.
July 14, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Newly elected Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has sent a blistering letter to city planners who approved a billboard plan over his objections last week, stating that by "acting in haste, for no apparent reason," they "undermined and jeopardized" the work of his office.
June 24, 2009 | David Zahniser
Ending a yearlong power struggle, a judge ruled this week that former Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick lacked legal authority to conduct performance audits of programs managed by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo. Less than 10 days before Delgadillo is slated to leave office because of term limits, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney found that the City Charter did not grant Chick the power to evaluate Delgadillo's handling of workers' compensation issues.
June 12, 2009 | Rich Connell
Los Angeles City Atty.-elect Carmen Trutanich complained Thursday that his transition to office is being made more difficult by the current officeholder's decision to grant job protections to top aides, comparing it to "Barack Obama walking in and Karl Rove is sitting in the White House." Trutanich said he was walking "into just a mess financially" because of the city budget crisis.
May 19, 2009
One way or another, California will change with the outcome of today's election. The Times supports five of the six special ballot measures as prudent steppingstones to guide the state from its severe and potentially disastrous budget dysfunction. Los Angeles voters also will pick their city attorney and round out their City Council and Community College District board. The Times endorses selectively: Proposition 1A: Yes.
May 17, 2009
Californians face a special election Tuesday amid deep recession, fiscal emergency, voter anger and the latest chapter of an ongoing quandary: Pay more when we can least afford it, or cut essential programs when we need them most? It would be easier to embrace or reject any of the six ballot measures if they answered that question by providing enough money or imposing sufficient cuts to balance the state's budget this year and next. They don't.
May 4, 2009
The Times endorsed Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich as the best of five candidates for Los Angeles city attorney in the March election, and we back him in the May 19 runoff.
May 3, 2009 | Jean Merl
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the May 19 special election -- which includes a package of statewide measures aimed at easing California's budget crisis. Voter registration forms are available at more than 1,240 locations throughout Los Angeles County, according to Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan. Those locations include DMV offices, public libraries, fire stations, post offices, welfare offices and city clerk's offices. An online registration form also is available at www.lavote.
March 14, 2009 | Chris Foster, ; Staff And Wire Reports
E.J. Woods, a defensive back at UCLA, has been charged with assaulting two female students, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said. Woods, a 19-year-old freshman, was charged with two counts of sexual battery and four counts of battery. He could face up to one year in jail for each sexual battery charge and six months for each battery charge.
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