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January 27, 2006 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles city attorney and attorney general candidate Rocky Delgadillo, who oversees millions of dollars the city pays private law firms, can't document why his office selected many firms, according to a highly critical state audit released Thursday. The auditors also found large accounting errors in the city's calculation of how much it has paid law firms, which Los Angeles often hires to handle complex legal matters.
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June 17, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Three high-ranking officials at the Los Angeles city attorney's office are resigning, the latest in a wave of management turnovers as Rocky Delgadillo enters his second term. With Delgadillo exploring a run for state attorney general, some of the marquee legal names he brought in to improve the luster of the office are pursuing more lucrative job opportunities elsewhere. They include Terree Bowers, a former U.S. attorney who has been serving as Delgadillo's chief deputy in charge of the office.
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December 8, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo will get a free ride to reelection after his only opponent, Etan Z. Lorant, announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race. Delgadillo has raised more than $1 million; Lorant, an Encino attorney, has not reported raising any money. Lorant said Delgadillo's popularity and support make it impractical for a challenger to prevail in the March 8 election, but that he planned to run for the office in four years, when term limits will force Delgadillo out.
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October 2, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
An appeals court Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by Deputy Dist. Atty. Lea Purwin D'Agostino that had accused City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo of not being qualified to hold office. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge who had previously found that D'Agostino, who placed third in the 2001 city attorney's race, failed to show that she was deprived of due process rights.
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March 24, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Tuesday declined to file felony assault charges against USC offensive lineman Winston Justice and referred his case to the Los Angeles city attorney for possible filing of misdemeanor charges. Justice, a 19-year-old sophomore, was arrested March 3 on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly displaying a firearm during an argument in a parking lot near campus on Feb. 24. No injuries resulted from the incident.
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January 24, 2004 | Jessica Garrison and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Over the last week, Los Angeles County Public Defender Michael Judge has sought to have hundreds of cases filed by Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo dismissed on the grounds that Delgadillo is not a qualified for the job. The argument, which judges have rejected more than 600 times in the last three days, is based on the fact that Delgadillo let his membership in the State Bar of California lapse while he worked for former Mayor Richard Riordan.
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October 17, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo announced Thursday that his office would continue an anti-truancy, anti-gang program aimed at middle school students. Operation Bright Future teaches parents about their legal responsibility to send their children to school and warns that parents whose children are excessively absent could face misdemeanor charges. The attendance rate for students enrolled in the program increased by 3.4% last year, officials said.
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December 15, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a tightening city budget and a request from the mayor to cut back on costs, City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has requested about $7 million in additional funding for his office this year, including a nearly $1-million proposal this week to add 20 people to his staff. Delgadillo is asking the City Council and Mayor James K.
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December 4, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under the leadership of James K. Hahn, the city attorney's office won guilty pleas or verdicts in 90% of its misdemeanor cases, but allowed the city's liability in lawsuits to soar, according to a confidential review of the office obtained by The Times. The three-month review of the office, ordered by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo to assess the status of the department he took over this summer, found that the city's attorneys have been adequately performing their basic responsibilities.
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September 20, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo announced a "new agenda" for a more activist office Wednesday, vowing to step up prosecution of slumlords, gang members and those who commit hate crimes, while cutting the city's $1-billion liability by one-third in four years. He also promised a more active role in education, with attorneys looking into whether he can use his litigation powers to force schools to improve the quality of instruction.
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