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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.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
Trump reversing Obama's climate change legacy President Trump has vowed, in his words, to "turn the EPA from a job-killer into a job-creator," and today, he's announcing his order for "energy independence." We look at the prospects for putting his promises into effect by ripping up the Obama legacy on climate change.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Fighting back famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen In Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, there's an acute shortage of food and clean water, but the UN has received just a fraction of the money needed for the relief or prevention of famine. Will the Trump Administration push for budget cuts rather than make donations?