Deputy to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich blasts Villaraigosa's ...

There are 18 comments on the LA Daily News story from Apr 21, 2010, titled Deputy to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich blasts Villaraigosa's .... In it, LA Daily News reports that:

A top deputy to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich joined the debate over next year's proposed budget with a memo to neighborhood council leaders urging them to fight cuts proposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Tony

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Apr 21, 2010
How much do you want to bet that this idiot's position is one of the ones that will be CUT. Why is this person being 'alllowed' to do this ? Wait of course the Moron Trutanich is behind this as well as his co-conspirator carter idiot. Should 'anyone' anywhere else do this, trust me they would have been FIRED by now. BUT NO, not this one, she's Trutanichs sweetheart ( where is mrs trutanich) and THEN her syntax sucks ' deal your drugs in our neighbors ', its 'Deal your drugs in our NEIGHBORHOODS ' you idiot. City leaders should be advocates but NOT proselytizers !!!!!This is someone who is working for the CITY ? I bet she barely passed her GED. Wake up people and see what these Trutanich idiots are doing. First he's wasting the city money on BIllboards no less and now he's going after a BUDGET ? What next ? Kindergarden kids won't be allowed to wear LOGO shirts that ARENT on his side.? WHEN DOES IT STOP ???
Theodore Smith III

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Apr 21, 2010
As a former deputy city attorney, I can state faithfully of the importance of the City Attorney's office in the representation of the City, the rsidents and the prosecution of misdemeanor criminal cases. The office overall, does not have any "fluff" and many of the civil cases and transactional matters are complex and require hours of attention and extensive knowledge of the subject area. Additionally, the Los Angeles DA's Office forwards over for misdemeamor prosecution when I was there, thousands of cases, making the criminal division one of the busiest in the entire country. I do not personally know Special Assistant Usher, but she is dead on.
Hopefully, those of you who read this will let your respective Council member know that the City Attorney's Offce should be allowed the personnel to do their job--they save the City money in lawsuits and protect residents in their quality of life in the prosecution of criminal matters.
LA Native

Placentia, CA

#3 Apr 21, 2010
Mr. Smith, why should the CA's Office be spared? The LAPD Crime Lab is faced with furloughs which amount to the loss of 11 full time Criminalist positions every two weeks (pay period)- since August 2009. Furloughs also reduce criminalists take home pay by 10%- since August 2009. The City employees who are taking mandatory 8 hour furlough days each pay period are the ones truly shouldering this "shared sacrifice" nonsense. I think the CA's Office should do their part, too. What's more important to the community: Performing DNA analysis on evidence from homicide and sexual assault cases or misdemeanor prosecutions? That's a tough one, but Criminalists are already doing their part. It's time for EVERY other City employee (including police officers) and City department to step up and help the City balance the budget. The City leaders and managers constantly preach equality to their employees. It's time to be fair.
Marti in CD9

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Apr 21, 2010
Most likely the email was written by Trutanich's pitt bull hit man David Berger who actually is the so-called special assistant city attorney. Berger's the low class british guy that told all those lies about Jack Weiss and is supposed to be in charge of ethics! Berger was one of that race baiter Walter Moore's slate candidates for city attorney, and this email reeks of his style. I know Jane Usher and she would never write trash like this.
Theodore Smith III

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Apr 21, 2010
I am not saying the office should not be spared some reduction. That reduction should be the same as every other department--not 36%!.
The City Attorney's Office not only does misdemeanor prosecutions, but DEFENDS the ENTIRE city in lawsuits in both state and federal courts;many of these lawsuits are seeking millions from the city--from you as the taxpayer. Many of those lawsuits require extensive knowledge of not only the law but how that particular department operates. The City Attorney's Office, again, SAVES taxpayer money so that it can be spent on other things that are important to us as residents of this city.
Laid off clerk

Canyon Country, CA

#6 Apr 21, 2010
If you saw the overlap I saw with City Attorneys you would agree that the cut would not significantly affect their ability to prosecute. They leave by 3pm, they hang out and chit chat amongst each other, and assign volunteer attorneys who can't get a job in this economy, trials which they lose due to their lack of supervision and experience. Not bad for 100 to 160k a year. Cut the fat.

“Walter Moore”

Since: Jun 08

Los Angeles

#8 Apr 22, 2010
Villaraigosa plans to cut his own office budget, too -- by a paltry 2.57%.

Details are at my website: http://web.mac.com/waltermoore/WalterMooreSay...

Walter Moore
http://WalterMooreSays.com
Syntax

La Mirada, CA

#9 Apr 22, 2010
Tony wrote:
How much do you want to bet that this idiot's position is one of the ones that will be CUT. Why is this person being 'alllowed' to do this ? Wait of course the Moron Trutanich is behind this as well as his co-conspirator carter idiot. Should 'anyone' anywhere else do this, trust me they would have been FIRED by now. BUT NO, not this one, she's Trutanichs sweetheart ( where is mrs trutanich) and THEN her syntax sucks ' deal your drugs in our neighbors ', its 'Deal your drugs in our NEIGHBORHOODS ' you idiot. City leaders should be advocates but NOT proselytizers !!!!!This is someone who is working for the CITY ? I bet she barely passed her GED. Wake up people and see what these Trutanich idiots are doing. First he's wasting the city money on BIllboards no less and now he's going after a BUDGET ? What next ? Kindergarden kids won't be allowed to wear LOGO shirts that ARENT on his side.? WHEN DOES IT STOP ???
You're such a scholar. The Daily News does a poor job of reporting and one must cross reference other news outlets to draw any valid conclusions. As for the syntax, perhaps the author of this article didn't convey or paraphrase the Deputy City Attorney properly. Furthermore, I would imagine that an individual with a Jurist Doctorate knows how to write. You sound like a bitter LAUSD unionized weasel who’s looking for a real job.
Syntax

La Mirada, CA

#10 Apr 22, 2010
Tony wrote:
How much do you want to bet that this idiot's position is one of the ones that will be CUT. Why is this person being 'alllowed' to do this ? Wait of course the Moron Trutanich is behind this as well as his co-conspirator carter idiot. Should 'anyone' anywhere else do this, trust me they would have been FIRED by now. BUT NO, not this one, she's Trutanichs sweetheart ( where is mrs trutanich) and THEN her syntax sucks ' deal your drugs in our neighbors ', its 'Deal your drugs in our NEIGHBORHOODS ' you idiot. City leaders should be advocates but NOT proselytizers !!!!!This is someone who is working for the CITY ? I bet she barely passed her GED. Wake up people and see what these Trutanich idiots are doing. First he's wasting the city money on BIllboards no less and now he's going after a BUDGET ? What next ? Kindergarden kids won't be allowed to wear LOGO shirts that ARENT on his side.? WHEN DOES IT STOP ???
P.S. I didn't support or like Trutanich.
stwsr

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Apr 22, 2010
I live in the same building as one of attorneys in Trutanich's office. Let me tell you how hard this guy works.

He leaves the building shortly after 10 am and returns home sometime around 5:30 pm. Do the math. Travel time to work is at least 20 minutes each direction.

There are many days when he gets home before 5 pm.

So much for ESSENTIAL employees....
Laker fan

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Apr 22, 2010
Marti in CD9 wrote:
Most likely the email was written by Trutanich's pitt bull hit man David Berger who actually is the so-called special assistant city attorney. Berger's the low class british guy that told all those lies about Jack Weiss and is supposed to be in charge of ethics! Berger was one of that race baiter Walter Moore's slate candidates for city attorney, and this email reeks of his style. I know Jane Usher and she would never write trash like this.
Dude, David Berger was fired last month. I dont think he has any clout left in the City Atty's office.
anonymous

Ontario, CA

#13 Apr 22, 2010
About time someone had the guts to call Mayor Moron on his idiotic budget. There are too many non essential/underperforming departments that should be completely eliminated. The budget as proposed reflects a confused and clueless Mayor who should be recalled before he further damages the city.
Patty

Woodland Hills, CA

#14 Apr 22, 2010
How about all the money that has been spent on using outside law firms in the last several years? Millions that could have been placed in the emergency reserve. Many of these cases were because of wrongdoing on the City's part. Instead of making sure that managers aren't causing lawsuits, aren't harassing employees to the point they need to file workers comp due to stress, aren't ensuing a safe workplace...many of these lawsuits wouldn't have happened (I'll add the Mayday situation to this).

When the City realizes they are at fault, they need to settle and not spend money on an outside law firm (I'll add Tennie Pierce's case to this).

So either the City needs to get its act together it needs to hire competent attorneys and get rid of those they feel can't handle legitimate legal matters, or close down the CA's office.
No Shame

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#15 Apr 22, 2010
In response to LA Native's post - I don't know where you're getting your information about furloughs and the City Attorney's Office. Currently, all City Attorney employees who are part of the Coalition of Unions are taking 3.5 hours each pay period in furlough hours, City Attorney employees who are members of EAA or Senior Assistant City Attorneys are taking 8 hours furlough per pay period. These numbers include City Attorney employees who work at the proprietary departments such as DWP, Airports and Harbor (where they are the only employees, along with auditors from the Controller's Office, who are taking fuloughs at those departments,even though their salaries which are paid by the General Fund are reimbursed fully by those Departments). The only City Attorney employees not on furlough are the legal secretaries at DWP who are somehow in the IBEW union who are still getting raises every year. Next time,check your facts before posting. Let the public know the truth. We're all in this together.
No Shame

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#16 Apr 22, 2010
Tony wrote:
How much do you want to bet that this idiot's position is one of the ones that will be CUT. Why is this person being 'alllowed' to do this ? Wait of course the Moron Trutanich is behind this as well as his co-conspirator carter idiot. Should 'anyone' anywhere else do this, trust me they would have been FIRED by now. BUT NO, not this one, she's Trutanichs sweetheart ( where is mrs trutanich) and THEN her syntax sucks ' deal your drugs in our neighbors ', its 'Deal your drugs in our NEIGHBORHOODS ' you idiot. City leaders should be advocates but NOT proselytizers !!!!!This is someone who is working for the CITY ? I bet she barely passed her GED. Wake up people and see what these Trutanich idiots are doing. First he's wasting the city money on BIllboards no less and now he's going after a BUDGET ? What next ? Kindergarden kids won't be allowed to wear LOGO shirts that ARENT on his side.? WHEN DOES IT STOP ???

Are you kidding? Nuch is probably the only fiscally responsible government official we have in office now. He's the only one who has made any effort in getting rid of outside contracts for services City employees can do. Everybody else is on the take from the unions, lobbyists and special interests. They hate with a passion that he's looking into what's been going on in City government for so long. So, because of that, they're cracking down on his office to get back at him for exposing the waste. What has happened to this country that we hate people who are trying to protect the public and look the other way for those wasting our taxpayer money??
Anonymous

Newport Beach, CA

#17 May 10, 2010
Hmmm...No Shame from Rancho Palos Verdes. How come the majority of comments in favor of "Nuch" always come from Palos Verdes/San Pedro/South Bay areas? Try looking at him in an unbiased manner, instead of as your hometown buddy Nuch...maybe if you and his other cohorts had, he wouldn't be in office right now!
michael Mitchell

Pasadena, CA

#19 Sep 8, 2010
the mayor put all these people in the board to get him money. He is a suit a smile and cheated on his wife. Would you trust him? All he knows is get in front of the camera do the best for the big money to get the most back and that means giving all the contacts over seas like to France at LAX, all the ground contracts go to France. The fly away, the cabs, the advertisement with JCD it all goes out of L.A. and C.A. to texas and then to N.Y. and the to Deleware and then to Ireland and France. LAX is run by contractors by donating to the mayor. The worlds biggest puppet pip sqeek for cash.

Thank god there are people like Obama and attorneys that will protect us from crooks like the mayor that sells off anything after he gave it all away before hand. Small business has no rights in LAX, only France. and Who ever gives money to the bank of LAX, the mayor.
michael Mitchell

Pasadena, CA

#20 Sep 8, 2010
the mayor needs to cut his budget on concerts with dates with his reporters.

You can trust him alright ask his WIFE!

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