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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 18, 2009 | Maeve Reston
In the midst of a bruising final few weeks of the Los Angeles city attorney's race, two groups are calling on candidate Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich to stop running a television commercial that they say unfairly depicts Latino men as gang members. But Trutanich's campaign consultant contended that the complaints were orchestrated by supporters of City Councilman Jack Weiss, who is also running for the job.
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.
June 27, 2008 | Phil Willon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Controller Laura Chick on Thursday subpoenaed records from City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo's workers' compensation division, the latest salvo in an escalating power struggle between two citywide elected officials.
May 6, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Fire Department assistant chief, his wife and their son were charged Monday with allegedly trying to cover up a hit-and-run crash. Assistant Chief Robert Franco, 52, and his wife, Gerri Franco, 48, were charged with one misdemeanor count each of conspiracy, giving false information to an officer and obstructing an investigation involving their 19-year-old son.
March 11, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
When it came time to make his endorsement in the hot race to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, Sheriff Lee Baca didn't pick just one candidate to fill the 2nd District seat. He picked two. His selection of both state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks -- widely considered the two leading contenders -- was not a matter of hedging his bet in the June 3 race, a Baca spokesman said.
February 21, 2008 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
One of the state's largest insurers, Health Net Inc. of Woodland Hills, sold individual policies with the promise of medical coverage while engaging in a secret and illegal scheme to drop patients if they needed expensive treatment, the Los Angeles city attorney contended in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
November 17, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
It must have seemed like a minor coup when Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss secured the backing of Sheriff Lee Baca, the county's top law enforcement officer, for his 2009 campaign for city attorney. What Weiss did not know was that a year after he received the endorsement, Baca would urge another lawyer to enter the race: former Deputy Dist. Atty. Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich, an environmental lawyer whose resume presents him, in some ways, as the polar opposite of Weiss.
July 11, 2007 | Matt Lait, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who has come under fire for using city resources for personal reasons, was served with a recall notice Tuesday. Delgadillo has 14 days in which to respond to the papers, which were delivered to his office by Andrew Ahlering, a former county employee who is leading the effort.
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