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Three Candidates for LA City Attorney The Los Angeles City Attorney defends the city against civil lawsuits and prosecutes misdemeanor offenses. He or she provides legal counsel to the mayor, the city council and departments and drafts all new laws and ordinances. We're joined by three candidates in the studio: incumbent Carmen Trutanich , Mike Feuer , who was termed out of the state assembly last year, and private attorney Greg Smith . A fourth candidate, Noel Weiss , is on the ballot, but has not raised money and doesn't appear to be campaigning. One former attorney, Burt Pines, has said it's an office with broad powers so, "it just depends on what you want to do."
Banks Pay for Blight Caused by Foreclosures? Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has filed a second lawsuit against a major bank for consequences of the foreclosure crisis. First it was Deutsche Bank of Germany; now it's US Bank of Minneapolis , a major player here in LA. US Bank is accused of letting 150 foreclosed homes to fall into disrepair, creating blight in their neighborhoods, including drug dealing and prostitution.
Los Angeles Files Suit against 'Slumlord' Deutsche Bank City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says one of the biggest slumlords in Los Angeles is Deutsche Bank . After a year long investigation, he's accused the German financial house of illegal evictions, shut-offs of water and power and letting 2000 foreclosed properties run down.
Does the LA City Attorney Need His Own Grand Jury? All over the country, District Attorneys prosecute felony crimes using grand juries to investigate and issue subpoenas. City attorneys, who handle misdemeanors, don’t have such power. But LA’s Carmen Trutanich wants it and the State Senate has voted to give it to him. Some Los Angeles City Council members want the Assembly to say, “No.” We speak with Trutanich and others.
What about Banning Illegal Billboards? LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is at war against certain outdoor advertisers. He got a judge to set bail at a million dollars for misdemeanor violations of city law, and wants fines of $5000 a day for supergraphics illegally draped on city buildings. He's also filed a nuisance-abatement suit in federal court. Now Sky Tag , a supergraphics shop in Beverly Hills has offered a quid pro quo: drop the legal challenges and Sky Tag will put up $12.5 million to save the Hollywood Sign .
LA City Attorney's Plan to Regulate Medical Marijuana Since voters approved its use 13 years ago, many California cities have established rules for prescribing and dispensing medical marijuana . They're based on Attorney General Jerry Brown's official opinion that over-the-counter sales for medicinal purposes are legal for nonprofit operations. In Los Angeles, law enforcement officials disagree and the lack of specific guidelines has led to an explosion of marijuana dispensaries. Today, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich submitted an ordinance to the City Council.
A Weaker Mayor Villaraigosa after Yesterday's Election? Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss ' political career is over, at least for the moment. He was crushed in yesterday's run-off for City Attorney by Carmen Trutanich , a previous unknown. After a very nasty, very expensive campaign, Trutanich won with 56 to 44% of the vote. We speak with Trutanich and others about what the election results means for the city and for Mayor Villaraigosa.
Weiss and Trutanich, Candidates for LA City Attorney In the March primary, Carmen Trutanich forced Jack Weiss into a runoff in next month’s election for Los Angeles City Attorney . Weiss, an incumbent city councilman and former assistant US Attorney, got 36% of the vote. Trutanich, a former Deputy District Attorney now in private practice got 27%. We learn about the office of City Attorney from Rick Orlov, who covers politics for the Daily News, and then hear a debate between the two candidates.
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump's intelligence disclosures cause chaos On the eve of departure for his first trip overseas, President Trump is embroiled in another controversy. It's about reports that he shared highly classified information with two high-ranking Russians.
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?