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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.
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.
February 26, 2009 | Maeve Reston
In the flashy television ad that has served as his calling card to voters, Los Angeles city attorney candidate Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich compressed his 30-year legal career into a narrow sliver: the time he spent prosecuting serious gang crimes. Not mentioned is the mainstay of Trutanich's work: his expertise in environmental law, developed as a young prosecutor in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and finessed as a private attorney defending a number of polluters.
February 11, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo filed criminal charges against the owners and a manager of four Los Angeles carwashes, accusing them of failure to pay proper wages or allow breaks. Delgadillo also charged the manager with brandishing a club and machete to threaten workers attempting to organize a union. Owners Benny and Nissan Pirian and manager Manuel Reyes were charged with 172 counts of violating criminal and labor laws for their treatment of workers at Hollywood Five Star Car Wash in Northridge, Vermont Hand Wash in Los Feliz and Celebrity Car Wash and Hollywood Car Wash in Hollywood.
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.
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