Carmen Trutanich

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Carmen Trutanich
Carmen Trutanich.jpg
7th Los Angeles City Attorney
In office
July 1, 2009 – July 1, 2013
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Preceded by Rocky Delgadillo
Succeeded by Mike Feuer
Personal details
Born (1951-08-12) August 12, 1951 (age 63)
San Pedro, California, U.S.[1]
Spouse(s) Noreen Beatrice Trutanich
Residence Harbor City, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California
South Bay University College of Law
Occupation StarKist FDS
Trutanich & Michel
Los Angeles City Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official website

Carmen Anthony "Nuch" Trutanich (born August 12, 1951) is an American politician. He served as the 7th Los Angeles City Attorney from 2009 to 2013.[2]

Biography[edit]

Trutanich grew up in San Pedro where he attended elementary and high school. Trutanich went on to attend the University of Southern California where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Business Management. Trutanich earned his MBA from the University of Southern California where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. After obtaining his MBA, Trutanich worked in the tuna industry as a laborer for StarKist FDS, ultimately working his way up to a management position at his plant.[3] Trutanich attended night school at South Bay University College of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1978.

He worked as a prosecutor on behalf on Los Angeles County before forming his own firm.[4] Trutanich is a founding partner of the law firm Trutanich & Michel.

Los Angeles City Attorney[edit]

Election[edit]

In 2009, Trutanich won the runoff election and replaced Rocky Delgadillo as Los Angeles' City Attorney by defeating Jack Weiss and winning the 2009 Los Angeles City Attorney Election on May 19, 2009. His campaign received endorsements from the Los Angeles Times,[5] the Los Angeles Daily News,[6] the California Leader Magazine, and the Daily Breeze.[7][8] His term started on July 1, 2009.[9]

Tenure[edit]

In 2010, Trutanich proposed a series of reforms to streamline the Workers Compensation process. An audit showed that it previously took an average of 5.8 years to settle such cases, and Trutanich said that the program was "in disarray." Trutanich established a new peer review process to attempt to better settle such cases, and assigned seven new attorneys to the Workers Compensation division.[10]

Campaign for Los Angeles District Attorney[edit]

Trutanich formally declared his candidacy for Los Angeles County District Attorney on February 9, 2012.[11] He has been called a front runner based on his lead in fundraising and endorsements.[12] Trutanich has received endorsements from Sheriff Lee Baca and former opponent Mario Trujillo.[13]

Trutanich’s decision to run has drawn criticism from opponents in the race as well as a staff editorial in the Los Angeles Times.[14] The controversy stems from Trutanich’s 2008–2009 campaign for City Attorney during which Trutanich promised to serve two full terms as City Attorney.[15] Trutanich’s candidacy for District Attorney is three years into his first four-year term as City Attorney. In 2008, Trutanich challenged his opponent for City Attorney, Jack Weiss, to sign a pledge stating that he would serve two full terms as City Attorney and not seek higher elected office.[16] Under the terms of the pledge signed by Trutanich, if he did not serve two full terms as City Attorney he would have to take out a full page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times stating “I am a liar” and donate $100,000 to LA's Best After School Enrichment Program,[17] which serves 28,000 students at 186 elementary school sites in Los Angeles.[18] To date, Trutanich has neither taken out the full page advertisement nor donated money but has pledged to raise the money in August after the June primary.[19]

In January 2012, Trutanich listed several law enforcement organizations as supporters who endorse his candidacy.[20] As the L.A. Times reported, the organizations had not actually endorsed Trutanich.[21] The campaign apologized and removed the organizations from its list of endorsements.[22]

In February 2012 Trutanich’s campaign claimed “broad support…from a vast online and grass-roots audience” based on one of Trutanich’s promotional video receiving hundreds of thousands of views online.[23] After media attention, the campaign disclosed that it paid a marketing firm to generate many of those views.[24]

On Monday April 9, 2012, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalin characterized Trutanich’s decision to call himself “Los Angeles chief prosecutor” on the June election ballot as an attempt to mislead voters and Judge Kalin prohibited Trutanich from using that term or any misleading variations of it.[25] While Judge Kalin prohibited Trutanich from using the terms “Chief Prosecutor” or “Chief Criminal Prosecutor”, Kalin did allow Trutanich to refer to himself as “Los Angeles City Prosecutor.”[26]

Trutanich was defeated for re-election on May 21 by Mike Feuer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the City Attorney". atty.lacity.org. Archived from the original on March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Reston, Maeve; Zahniser, David (May 20, 2009), "In early returns, Weiss trails Trutanich in city attorney's race", Los Angeles Times 
  3. ^ "Carmen Trutanich Biography". http://digital.library.ucla.edu. UCLA Digital Library. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Carmen Trutanich: Candidate for City Attorney", NBC Los Angeles, February 20, 2009 
  5. ^ "Trutanich for L.A. city attorney", Los Angeles Times, February 15, 2009 
  6. ^ "People's lawyer: Trutanich for city attorney", Los Angeles Daily News 
  7. ^ "Elect 'The people's lawyer'", The Daily Breeze, February 25, 2009 
  8. ^ Zahniser, David (May 21, 2009), "LA County's elections winners and losers", Los Angeles Times, retrieved May 22, 2009 
  9. ^ Orlov, Rick (May 20, 2009), City Attorney-elect Carmen Trutanich surprised by decisive win over Councilman Jack Weiss, Los Angeles Daily News, retrieved May 22, 2009 
  10. ^ Linthicum, Kate (October 14, 2010). "Trutanich overhauls claims unit; City attorney's action to reform the workers' compensation group comes in the wake of controller's audit.". Los Angeles Times. 
  11. ^ Jack Leonard (February 10, 2012). "Carmen Trutanich enters L.A. County district attorney race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ Jack Leonard (March 14, 2012). "Race for L.A. County district attorney heats up with field set". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Victoria Kim (April 11, 2012). "Former Opponent Endorses Carmen Trutanich in D.A. Race". Los Angeles Time. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ Staff Editorial (March 14, 2012). "Carmen "I am a liar" Trutanich". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ Copy of Trutanich's Pledge, DocumentCloud, retrieved April 3, 2012 
  16. ^ Jack Leonard (February 10, 2012). "Carmen Trutanich enters L.A. County district attorney race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ Jack Leonard (February 10, 2012). "Carmen Trutanich enters L.A. County district attorney race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ Best After School Enrichment Website, retrieved April 3, 2012 
  19. ^ Steve Lopez (March 7, 2012). "L.A.’s Kids Deserve Better From Trutanich". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ Jack Leonard (February 6, 2012). "Trutanich Surprises Groups by Listing Them as Backers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ Jack Leonard (February 6, 2012). "Trutanich Surprises Groups by Listing Them as Backers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  22. ^ Jack Leonard (February 6, 2012). "Trutanich Surprises Groups by Listing Them as Backers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  23. ^ Jack Leonard (March 14, 2012). "Race for L.A. County District Attorney Heats Up with Field Set". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  24. ^ Jack Leonard (March 14, 2012). "Race for L.A. County District Attorney Heats Up with Field Set". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  25. ^ Jack Leonard (April 10, 2012). "Judge Rejects Trutanich’s Ballot Description". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  26. ^ Jack Leonard (April 10, 2012). "Judge Rejects Trutanich’s Ballot Description". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Rocky Delgadillo
City Attorney of Los Angeles, California
July 1, 2009 – July 1, 2013
Succeeded by
Mike Feuer