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January 1, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim
The city attorney's office has decided not to charge former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson or a photographer in connection with a scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport. After the Nov. 11 incident, Tyson said photographer Tony Echeverria struck him in an apparent attempt to provoke him; Echeverria accused Tyson of punching him in the face and trying to take the film from his camera. Both men were arrested. Tyson was booked on suspicion of battery and released on his own recognizance.
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October 23, 2009 | Maeve Reston and Phil Willon
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich on Thursday defended his efforts to recoup city dollars spent on the Michael Jackson memorial, but denied asking the top executive of the company that owns Staples Center to pay $6 million during a meeting in July. A day after AEG President and Chief Executive Tim Leiweke told The Times editorial board that Trutanich tried to "bully" the company into paying for various city services provided during the memorial, Trutanich justified his actions during a speech to members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
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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.
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August 9, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Carmen Trutanich was being interviewed at the start of his fifth full week as Los Angeles city attorney when the door of his eighth-floor office at City Hall East swung open. A deputy stepped in to deliver the news of his administration's first win: dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a 19-month-old girl killed when police stormed a South L.A. auto shop. They had returned fire on her father, who was holding the child in his arms. It was a delicate matter, but Trutanich's first reaction was to show pride in his team's work.
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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.
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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.
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July 2, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich touched off his first term with a note of defiance Wednesday, promising to vigorously pursue misconduct by public officials, restructure the office to spend less money on outside counsel and possibly even keep an eye on the L.A. Police Department.
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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.
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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.
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May 20, 2009 | Maeve Reston and David Zahniser
San Pedro lawyer Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich claimed victory Tuesday in the race to become the next Los Angeles city attorney, a result that marked an apparent defeat not just for his rival, City Councilman Jack Weiss, but also for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who had backed him. In the race to replace Weiss in the council's 5th District, stretching from Cheviot Hills to Encino, former Assemblyman Paul Koretz held a lead over neighborhood council member David "Ty" Vahedi.
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