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Carmen Trutanich, Laura Chick tangle in city attorney's race

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Most voters' attention is on November's presidential and Congressional races, but next Spring's city election is already generating some heat.

An open letter released Tuesday by former city controller Laura Chick, who was never one to hold her tongue, takes a shot at city attorney Carmen Trutanich.

In 2009, Chick was the controller and a vocal supporter of Trutanich, who was running for city attorney against then-Councilman Jack Weiss. She now says that was a “terrible mistake” in part because Trutanich did not support her position that the controller had the authority to audit programs housed in elected officials’ offices. 

“With this one breathtaking reversal, the so-called ‘People’s Attorney’ revealed himself to be a liar and demagogue, who would not only lie to me to gain my political support, but whose clear intention was to squash transparency and disallow the scrutiny of how taxpayers’ dollars are spent,” Chick wrote in her letter.

Trutanich is running for re-election against Assemblyman and former councilman Mike Feuer. Chick is an honorary co-chair of the Feuer campaign.

In response, Trutanich said Chick is sour that she had to hire an attorney to argue that case over the city charter. Trutanich went on to accuse Chick of skipping out on her attorney’s fees.

“It is a huge surprise that Laura Chick, of all persons, is bringing up this four-year-old controversy because her own conduct in it was so disgraceful,” said John Schwada of the Trutanich campaign. “Chick’s attacks, while not coming on the letterhead of the Michael Feuer campaign, are the obvious stuff of political shenanigans.” 

The primary is set for March of next year. 

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