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Carmen Trutanich's ad in district attorney's race is a bit of deja vu

Carmen Trutanich Campaign Ad

Carmen Trutanich Campaign

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's television spot for his campaign for district attorney hit the airwaves today.

Just hours after another candidate for district attorney sent reporters a copy of his television commercial, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich released his TV spot – and the two political ads are eerily similar.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson released a copy of his television spot this morning, although the ad will not run on broadcast stations until next week. Trutanich’s commercial hit broadcast and cable stations this morning.

In his ad, Trutanich highlights his experience as an attorney and gang prosecutor. He also talks about the importance of improving DNA testing and supporting programs for youths. Jackson's spot follows the same storyline.

So, just how similar are the two commercials? Both campaign spots:

  • Start with the men sitting in large leather chairs behind desks
  • Feature the candidates walking behind police tape with two officers
  • Highlight the candidates' experiences prosecuting gang members
  • Show the candidates in laboratories talking about the importance of using technology to solve crimes
  • Advocate for crime prevention programs aimed at youths
  • Show kids playing basketball outside


State bill: Convicted politicians banned from office for 20 years (updated)

California State Seal - Supreme court

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A new state bill would prohibit politicians convicted of violating the public trust from running for office until 20 years after their sentence is complete.

Politicians who are convicted of a felony related to violating the public's trust would be prohibited from running for any elected office in California for 20 years, under a bill sponsored by an Assemblyman whose chief of staff is running for office against a candidate charged with 18 felonies.

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, sponsored AB 2410, which was unanimously approved today by the state Assembly. The bill would ban elected officials from running for office until 20 years after their sentence, including probation, ends.

The bill would apply to felony convictions for accepting bribes, embezzling public funds, perjury or conspiracy to commit those crimes.

The chief of staff to Fuentes, Raul Bocanegra, is currently running for the Assembly against Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, who is facing 18 felony charges for allegedly living outside of his district. The case, which includes allegations of voter fraud and perjury, was dismissed earlier this month, and then immediately refiled by the district attorney’s office. Alarcon has pleaded not guilty.


Prosecutor releases his first TV ad in district attorney's race

The prosecutor who led the murder case against music producer Phil Spector today released his first television commercial in the race to be Los Angeles County’s next district attorney. 

The 30-second spot from Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson focuses on his work prosecuting gang members and incorporating new technologies into the office. 

Jackson is known for prosecuting both Spector and the man behind the killings of race car driver Mickey Thompson and his wife. 

Also running to succeed District Attorney Steve Cooley are chief deputy district attorney Jackie Lacey, deputy district attorneys Danette Meyers, Bobby Grace and John Breault III, and L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. 

Last week, former Laker star Shaquille O’Neal endorsed Trutanich with a robo call to voters. 


Maven's Morning Coffee: medical marijuana dispute, busy month at Port of LA

Controversial FDA Report Says No Medical Benefit From Marijuana

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The Los Angeles City Council is in a dispute over whether to ban medical marijuana clinics in the city.

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Today is Thursday, May 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles City Council is divided over how to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, with Councilman Jose Huizar calling for a complete ban and Councilman Paul Koretz asking that some shops remain operational, reports the Daily News. Koretz called Huizar's proposal, "a vicious, heartless ban," according to the newspaper.

Seven deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were placed on leave on suspicion they belong to a group that celebrates shootings, reports the Los Angeles Times. Internal affairs is looking into whether the deputies violated the Sheriff's Department's rules.


Rick Santorum quits GOP presidential race, doesn't mention Romney

Rick Santorum suspends campaign

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Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces he will be suspending his campaign during a press conference at Gettysburg Hotel on April 10, 2012 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Santorum's daughter, Bella, became ill over the Easter holiday and poll numbers showed he was losing to Mitt Romney in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Claiming that his campaign was "winning in a different way" and balleyhooing that "against all odds" he had won 11 states, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum quit his presidential campaign Tuesday.

The former senator from Pennsylvania made the announcement in front of his family and supporters in Gettysburg, stating that although this campaign is over, the party's fight to defeat President Barack Obama will go on.

“We made a decision to get into this race at our kitchen against all the odds, and we made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over – for me – and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting.”

Santorum canceled several campaign events after his three-year-old daughter was admitted to a Virginia hospital late last week. He suggested her health was a factor in his choice to drop out.