The Los Angeles Times and other local media outlets have recently published stories that LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich plans to sue Occupy Los Angeles for costs the city incurred during the two-month encampment at City Hall. What better way for Trutanich to demonstrate to Angelenos how tough he is on crime than to target OLA and its Occupiers.
Leaving aside the utter absurdity of the proposed litigation, it should come as no surprise that Trutanich has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for Los Angeles County DA in November 2012 when Steve Cooley retires. I mean, seriously, what politician has ever run for prosecutor on a promise to go 'soft on crime' or to 'tolerate dissent'?
Well, I say it is now time that OLA shed its religiously non-partisan stance and decide to take on Trutanich on terms and language he and his political cronies will understand: at the ballot box.
Specifically, Steve Cooley will not be running for a 4th term as LA County DA in November 2012. Cooley has instead endorsed Deputy DA Jacquelyn Lacey. I suggest OLA start vetting Lacey to see whether it finds her acceptable to replace Cooley. If so, then OLA needs to get behind her now so as to stop Trutanich's bid in its tracks. Let Trutanich discover whom the 99% really back. Hint: it isn't him or his cronies on City Council.
Trutanich's term as City Attorney will expire in March, 2013. Assuming he is defeated in his bid for LA County DA in November, 2012, I suggest that OLA start vetting candidates now to challenge Trutanich in the next City Attorney's race in March, 2013.
Let OLA make of Trutanich a demonstration project so that every politician, every crony, who comes after him quakes in fear at the thought of incurring OLA's wrath and instead eagerly solicits OLA's support.