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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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.