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CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

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hese are troubling times. For our nation, California and our local communities. Right now, our city faces a $400 million deficit that threatens to shut down basic city services—police, fire, gang prevention, 911 emergency response and transportation improvements. Meanwhile, our politicians are taking pay raises, free cars, and millions of dollars in special interest contributions from developers, lawyers and lobbyists. Waste, fraud and abuse are rampant in City Hall and we’re paying the price. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted over the years in fees paid to outside attorneys and multi-million-dollar settlements. It’s time to change Los Angeles. In particular, it’s time to change and reform the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Not for the sake of change, but for our children, our families and our future. We need a City Attorney who will be bold, take risks, challenge the status quo and fundamentally change the way we do business in City Hall. It’s time we made City Hall work again for the people—not the politicians. People say I can’t beat the Villaraigosa/Weiss machine. That you can’t fight the power of City Hall. I’ve been told “I can’t” my entire life. People said a working class kid from immigrant parents in San Pedro wouldn’t amount to much. But I Trutanich was a deputy beat the odds. When I decided to become a Deputy D.A. to fight the Crips and district attorney for about Blood gangs in South Los Angeles, I was told that I would never succeed. I’ve six years before going into proved them wrong. I have succeeded in putting violent murdering thugs in jail private practice for 20 and on death row. The word “can’t” doesn’t deter me. It inspires me. It motivates me to turn public service?" conventional wisdom on it’s head. Not so much!

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I have dedicated much of my professional life to public service—as a gang prosecutor and environmental attorney. I’m proud of my record and am proud to be the only candidate with a detailed plan to fight gangs and bring honesty and integrity to the Office of City Attorney. It’s time to stop playing politics. The politicians have had their chance. Now it’s our turn to change L.A.

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family Values: hard work and a good education

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armen “Nuch” Trutanich grew up in the South Los Angeles town of San Pedro. He attended elementary and high school in San Pedro. Carmen’s parents are first generation Americans from Croatia and Italy. Carmen’s father worked as a laborer at Starkist FDS on Terminal Island, retiring as the General Manager of the Terminal Island Tuna Packaging Plant. His mother was a stay at home mom, who, with the help of his maternal grandparents raised seven children. His family has resided in the same location throughout his youth and high school. To this date, all but one of his siblings still resides in the Harbor Area. Throughout high school and college, Carmen worked double shifts on the water front and the cannery to help pay for his education. Carmen attended USC for both his undergraduate and post-graduate degree in Business Administration. After receiving his MBA, Carmen went to work at Starkist. While working at StarKist, he found time to teach at Los Angeles Harbor and Marymount Community Colleges where he taught Business Management, Business Law, Real Estate Law, and Supervision Management. He possesses a Life Credential to teach college in California. During this time Carmen watched crime increase in his community where he saw young people seduced by drugs and gangs. As a teacher and proud resident of Los Angeles, Carmen decided to attend night school to earn his law degree with the hope of one day serving his community as a criminal prosecutor to fight crime.

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n 1981, Carmen Trutanich proudly became a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. Carmen worked hard and successfully prosecuted major cases against robbers, rapists, child molesters and drug dealers. He earned numerous commendations. Carmen asked to be assigned to the Hard Core Gang Division in South Los Angeles. In the early 80’s, South Los Angeles was considered ground zero for rock and crack cocaine dealers and the most violent street gangs including the Crips and Bloods. Carmen worked long hours for Los Angeles County. He dedicated himself to becoming an accomplished trial attorney and handling numerous gang murders. As a Deputy D.A., trying cases was Carmen’s passion. When the new District Attorney was elected, he recognized Carmen’s skills as a “tough prosecutor.” The newly-elected District Attorney transferred him from the gang unit to his newly created, premiere section, in the Environmental Crimes/OSHA Division. Carmen was the environmental unit’s premier trial attorney at the time. However, Carmen refused to be transferred from the Gang Unit unless he could take a Capital Murder Gang Case with him. To this day, he is the only Deputy D.A. to receive a death verdict while assigned to the environmental crimes unit.

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s an environmental prosecutor, Carmen tried the first felony environmental crime in the State of For 2 years as a deputy district attorney, California and received a conviction on all counts. He Trutanich prosecuted environmental crimes. was also the first prosecutor to receive a conviction For the next 20 years he cashed-in and under the new felony law enacted in 1985 for defended toxic polluters. Illegal Disposal of Hazardous Waste. In the process Carmen, together with another colleague, drafted the first set of judicially approved jury instructions for an environmental crime. Carmen flourished as an environmental crimes prosecutor, just as he did in the Hardcore Gang Unit. Carmen’s reputation as an accomplished trial attorney continued to grow.

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uring his days as a Deputy District Attorney, Carmen enjoyed representing the people of the State of California. He considered it a privilege to be the peoples’ attorney. He gave numerous lectures and talks on behalf of the District Attorney’s office; and also became an active member of his community. In 1982, his third child Kimberly was born. Having three children and coming from a strong sports background in high school and college, Carmen volunteered to become the regional commissioner for AYSO Soccer and served his community with pride. He lobbied for free fields for AYSO, and established a due process procedure for red cards, which is still used today within his old region. As a regional commissioner he helped established one of the first programs for handicapped children in AYSO. Under Trutanich's Sports has permeated Carmen’s life. as City competed in rules He has Attorney over 20 full 26-mile marathons, and more 10Ks, 15Ks, his staff had to take a and half marathons than he can count. He believes 15% pay cut. athletics is a great way to teach goal achievement. a He refused to take

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here is no other candidate in this race that has the actual trial experience, legal track record and management skills possessed by Carmen. To this day if asked about his greatest accomplishment, Carmen proudly responds, “My family.” Carmen has four children. Two of the four are government prosecutors. Next, Carmen proudly points to the 20-years of making payroll, two times a month, that he never missed for his staff of lawyers and support. Over 50 families have put their trust in him to deliver and he has never failed them, as he will never fail the citizens of Los Angeles.

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Did You Know? Steve Cooley is not endorsing Trutanich Angeles Carmen Trutanich is endorsed by Los for District Attorney. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley in addition to former and current District Attorneys.
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stopping gang Violence
HE CITY OF LOS ANGELES needs a true gang prosecutor. As a former hardcore gang prosecutor, I know how to deal with street gangs. I served for many years as a senior prosecutor in the Hardcore Gang Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where I successfully tried and convicted the most serious and violent gang members in this City, including cases against murderers, rapists, drive-by shooters, robbers, burglars, and drug dealers. During those years, in a six-month jury trial, I successfully convicted one of the most notorious and violent gang leaders in Los Angeles. In addition to threats and drive-by shooting attacks against my witnesses designed to silence their testimony, I endured threats against myself and members of my family. I was not deterred and I did my job in removing those dangerous criminals from the streets of Los Angeles. As City Attorney, I will not be deterred. I will continue to aggressively target and put street gangs out of business. First, I will work with local, state and federal Never happened law enforcement agencies and community leaders to implement a comprehensive and innovative plan to combat gang violence on four fronts:

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Create a blue ribbon panel of experts to review the allocation of resources than Rocky Delgadillo expended on gang intervention and prevention measures in order to assess their effectiveness. Assess whether gang injunctions are being effectively used and cases 31% less gang fully enforced. under Trutanich Pursue focused investigation and prosecution of known gang members from “top-to-bottom.” Trutanich cut the School

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Safety and Neighborhood Cut ineffective programs and reinvest funds into proven gang-reduction Prosecutor Programs programs, such as putting more police officers on the street.
Establish an at-risk youth mentor program within the Office.

Second, I will implement new gang intervention and educational programs.

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Ask DA Cooley about the so-called "partnership"

Work with Sheriff Lee Baca to adapt and apply his successful custodial crime intervention program at the Los Angeles County Women’s Central Correctional Facility, known as “Getting Out by Going In” (“G.O.G.I.”), to juveniles. Never happened, He has no

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jurisdiction over juveniles. Third, I will attack the tools of the gang trade, namely, guns, drugs and graffiti, using all available laws within the California Penal Code.
Enforce all gun laws, without exception.

That's the job you're supposed to do. Partner with the District Attorney and United States Attorney in targeting
gang revenue streams, such as the proceeds from drug trafficking.

Aggressively prosecute taggers, who seek to mark and vandalize their socalled “gang territory.” My record clearly shows that I am the only candidate in this race with the graffiti? Instead, Trutanich necessary experience and background to tackle the serious threat posed by gang targeted street artists. violence. I have faced these threats in the past and am willing and not afraid to face them now.

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Did You Know? California Super Lawyers magazine named Mr. Trutanich one of the top attorneys in Southern California since its inception for at least 5 years.
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a Vision of professionalism for the office of citY attorneY
he City Attorney’s Office has many dedicated and skilled attorneys. The Office, however, has long needed a leader who can maximize its great talent and potential in representing the City. I am the only candidate in this race who has the requisite public and private legal experience and an unwavering focus on the mission of the Office and independence to realize this potential. First, I will remove “politics-as-usual” from the Office and return its focus to the practice of law in protection of the City and its citizens. When the citizens of Los Angeles voted on the Advised the City to pay $4.5M to a gangmember City Charter, they wiselyinjured by LAPDCity Attorney directly elected by the people – not chose to make the who had just committed a appointed by the Mayor.drive-by shooting. Competent legal service? As City Attorney, I will:

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Be an independent City Attorney, who fairly and honestly enforces the law and provides competent legal advice to the City.

Some pledge. upon the law and Pursue enforcement actions and render legal advice based Two years laterwhat I believe he's running for DA to be in the best interest of the City and its citizens, not on political ambition or agendas. I am the only candidate in this race who has put forth a pledge not to pursue any other elected office and, will not use the position as a temporary political steppingstone. I also promise that I will not use the City Attorney’s Office as a platform from which to advance the political agendas or careers of others.
Be a leader who empowers and inspires rank-and-file deputy city attorneys by never giving in to special outside interests, by adhering to the highest ethical standards and by allowing these talented and hard-working deputies the opportunity to achieve greatness by assuming the responsibility of directly representing the City and its citizens on all break! Gimme a matters.

Second, I will cut Office spending. The City of Los Angeles is currently facing a budget deficit of $400 million. As City Attorney, I will:

Work to reduce outside counsel fees that annually amount to nearly $40 million. Unlike the District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office, the City Attorney’s Office has Still spends vast sums with become much too dependent on the use of outside counsel. The Office must break its costly and outside counsel who contribute to demoralizing dependence on such outside counsel and again use its talented and experienced his campaign deputies to handle and prosecute city matters. As in the past, rely primarily on the skills and expertise of the over 600 professional and experienced deputies currently serving in thePure page filler! Office, as well as continue to develop and encourage their investigative and prosecution abilities.

Third, I will establish the Office’s first “Academy of Justice.” The Academy will be an intensive and comprehensive training program designed to Training Division specific legal Just gave the train deputies on the responsibilities and trial advocacy skills necessary name a new to effectively represent the interests of the City and its citizens. Unfortunately, there is currently no in-depth training or continuing education program in the Office for its deputies. Fourth, I will rebuild the City’s confidence in the existing deputies representing the various boards and Departments by allowing them Has not happened an opportunity to succeed and by recruiting the best and brightest attorneys to join the Office and rise through the ranks. Fifth, I will create a Bureau of Investigation designed and staffed to assist the deputies in successfully investigating and prosecuting cases.

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Did you know that the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the state's largest peace officer association with 62,000 members, refused to endorse Trutanich for DA?

Did You Know? Carmen Trutanich is endorsed by the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association.
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ity offices are established and City officials are entrusted to deliver essential and timely services to citizens, businesses and the community at large.

These services should be delivered efficiently and honestly. Efficient services should be responsibly and effectively provided through a combination of good management, skilled employees, frequent auditing measures, and an open, fair and competitive bidding process. Honesty in government greatly impacts whether such services are in fact effectively delivered. The City Attorney must therefore ensure the honest delivery Like most of this page, this is pure of services by the City.

page filler, and describes nonTransparency in government decision-making and operations is a critical contentious "housekeeping" duties component of the honest delivery of such services. As City Attorney, I will the City Attorney already does
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Assuring compliance with the letter and spirit of the open meeting requirements of the Brown Act. Requiring timely and full compliance with requests for information under the Public Records Act. Monitoring compliance by City officials with thebans Form,” which opposed Measure H which “700 campaign requires full disclosure of assets and income. contributions from companies that contract

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with the City. Enforcing the City’s lobbyist registration rules and advocating for an affirmative obligation for designated City officials to record and disclose any and all contacts with lobbyists.
Preventing “pay-to-play” by advocating for expanded campaign finance reform in order to prohibit campaign donation bundling.

As City Attorney, I will aggressively enforce the City’s Code of Ethics in order to ensure compliance by all City officials, including members of the City Attorney’s Office. In doing so, I will work closely with and refer potential violations to other outside agencies, including the District Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Sounds good, but Fair City Ethics Commission and the California Trutanich is ethically Political Practices Commission. I am the this. candidate to prohibited from only He has in this race that has represent his clients, not prosecute the independence and credibility to successfully pursue these policies and hold City officials them to the highest ethical standards of good, honest and effective government.

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Trutanich defended toxic protecting puBlic health polluters during his 20 anD the enVironment years as a "private attorney"

he protection of the health and safety of our citizens and the environment will be one of my top priorities as City Attorney. As a former environmental crimes prosecutor and a private attorney representing clients on environmental matters, I am the only candidate with the necessary experience and background to fully, fairly and successfully enforce and defend the health and safety, environmental, and consumer protection laws in this City. The City Attorney serves as the chief prosecutor of misdemeanor criminal and all civil violations of such laws within the City limits. The City Attorney also acts as General Counsel and chief legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council and the City’s various boards and proprietary That's the City Attorney must Kalin departments. In these roles, why the Hon. Judgenot only preserve and protect the health and banned Trutanich from calling environment of the citizens, but also defend the interests of the City and its taxpayers. As Chief Prosecutor for the City, just as I did while serving as one of the first Deputy District Prosecutor" on the June 5, 2012 Attorneys assigned to the then-newly-created Environmental Crimes/OSHA Division of the Los Primary Ballot. Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, I will aggressively prosecute the full-range of criminal and civil environmental crimes, public health, workplace safety and consumer protection laws, including the illegal disposal of dangerous hazardous wastes, water and air pollution, and state laws that protect citizens from exposure to toxic chemicals in the market or workplace. I will enforce these laws through an expanded environmental crimes strike force, which is a concept first developed in Los Angeles in the 1980’s and has since been successfully used to investigate and prosecute such violations utilizing the modern technology, skills and resources of its member local, state and federal agencies. As an environmental crimes prosecutor, I was one of the original members of the county-wide Los Angeles Toxic Waste Strike Force and served on the first-of-itskind OSHA “roll-out” team, where I responded to, investigated and prosecuted workplace safety violations resulting in employee deaths and serious bodily injuries. I also successfully prosecuted the first felony jury trial in California against a polluter, who was convicted of dumping thousands of gallons of dangerous hazardous wastes onto the streets of Los Angeles. As General Counsel for the City, I will provide advice on how best to comply with the applicable local, state and federal laws. The goal will be to ensure that the City itself engages in sound environmental practices and serves as a model for private enterprise. Over the years, the City has been sued by a number of federal, state, and local regulatory agencies regarding the activities Like advising the the Dept. to withhold of its proprietary departments, including FireDepartment of Public Works, Department of Water emergency response times to cover up and Power, and Port of Los Angeles. For example, within the past few years, federal courts have the effects federal Clean Water found the City in violation of theof budget cuts? Act for discharging raw sewage onto streets and into local waters from its wastewater treatment facilities. When necessary, I will defend the City when it is accused of violating those laws, and with experience from which to draw upon, I will focus my efforts on correcting the problems and ensuring that they are not repeated. My approach will protect both the environment and the taxpayers of the City. I am uniquely qualified to represent the City on such important matters because I am the only candidate who has actually prosecuted polluters to a jury trial and advised clients on how to comply with these complex laws and regulations. I was born and raised in the San Pedro/Wilmington area and served as a gang prosecutor in the Central and South areas of the City. I am therefore very sensitive to the disproportionate health impacts suffered by many citizens living in these neighborhoods. As City Attorney, I will use the expertise gained over 25 years as an environmental attorney to correct any environmental injustices and improve the quality of life in these communities.
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