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


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In an open letter, former City Controller Laura Chick calls City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, above, a liar and demagogue. His campaign responds that it's pure politics.

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.


City attorney candidates agree to debate....a lot


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Assemblyman Mike Feuer is running for city attorney and he wants to hold 10 debates with incumbent Carmen Trutanich. Trutanich responded that 10 debates aren't enough.

State Assemblyman Mike Feuer challenged incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to ten debates today in the race to be L.A.'s top prosecutor. Trutanich’s response: Why not dozens? After Trutanich upped the ante, Feuer agreed to debate "as many times as possible."

Feuer first issued a statement this morning, challenging Trutanich to ten debates before the March 2013 primary election. 

“It’s an election about the future of public safety, our neighborhoods, our economy and the overall quality of life for every Los Angeles resident," Feuer said. "As such, it’s critical that voters have an opportunity to learn about the candidates’ experience, perspectives on key issues and vision for the office of City Attorney,” he said. 

In response, Trutanich called the proposal “unsatisfactory.”

“I foresee the need for dozens of debates to fully flesh out Trutanich’s lengthy record of achievements and to talk to all the communities in Los Angeles who have been so well served by Trutanich during the last four years,” said the city attorney’s chief strategist, Rick Taylor. “Perhaps ten is enough debates for Feuer. But we’ll need a lot more to tell our story and reach all communities.”