City attorney candidates trade negative attacks at latest debate

The campaign for Los Angeles city attorney took another nasty turn last night during a debate at the Westside Jewish Community Center. City Councilman Jack Weiss and attorney Carmen Trutanich are engaging in increasingly negative attacks. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

The campaign for Los Angeles city attorney took another nasty turn last night during a debate at the Westside Jewish Community Center. City Councilman Jack Weiss and attorney Carmen Trutanich are engaging in increasingly negative attacks. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Frank Stoltze: The Los Angeles League of Conservative Voters sponsored the debate. It focused on environmental issues. Weiss noted Trutanich has spent much of his legal career representing companies accused of violating pollution laws.

Jack Weiss: Putting Mr. Trutanich in charge of enforcing our environmental laws is like putting a lawyer for Phillip Morris in charge of enforcing our health laws. It makes no sense. (cheering)
Adrienne Alpert: Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to ask you to hold it down please.
Carmen Trutanich: I’ve put environmental polluters in jail. He’s put them on his contribution list.

Stoltze: Trutanich once worked in the district attorney’s environmental crimes unit. The exchange typified the evening, and mirrored attack ads on radio and TV by the two city attorney candidates and their surrogates. KABC-TV plans to show the debate at a later date. Trutanich and Weiss face off in a May 19th election.

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