Tonight City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was the featured speaker at the Gay and Lesbian Center in Hollywood. Nuch gave an impressive performance. His speech covered a wide variety of subjects.
Some of the interesting information from tonight:
Nuch talked about his tough life growing up. He admitted his first job was sweeping floors and he said the job taught him the value of money. He talked about how he was a great lawyer in San Pedro, but two years ago if you had asked anyone north of the bridge who Carmen Trutanich was..."They would have said ..I don't know her."
Nuch talked about how the pride was back in the City Attorneys Office...that they were fighting battles...and winning them. He discussed the slam piece on him by the LA Times that accused him of high fiving and celebrating a controversial court case in which Nuch and the City Attorneys office defended the LAPD because "they did nothing wrong". He admitted it was tragic that a 2 yr. old girl died in the case, but stated that it was the man who started the gunfight and fired 41 shots at LAPD officers who was at fault.
One of the more devastating facts of the evening came when Nuch talked about the high rate of recidivism in the California Prison system. 78% of convicts who are released end up back in prison. The State is about to release 9000 convicts due to budgetary constraints. 60% of them are headed to Los Angeles. Nuch made a powerful point. "There are about to be 4,300 new victims in this City," he said.
(I guess we can thank budget-destroying Socialist Paul Krekorian for his leadership on this. When it came time to cast this crucial vote in the State Assembly, Krekorian made the politically expedient move... and decided not to vote!!)
One of the other surprising things about tonight was Nuch's pro-gay stances. Nuch clearly stated that he supported the concept of Gay Marriage. He also said he supports Gays serving in the military. I am a big supporter of Nuch, but we clearly have some ideological differences on these subjects.
A man in the audience who asked a question identified himself as one of the writers of Prop 215 - the Medical Marijuana initiative. He mentioned how the law was never intended to create the "Wild Wild West" situation we have here now in Los Angeles. Nuch actually applauded the man. "You get it," he said.
There were a few activists who seemed to be disputing Nuchs claim that much of the illegally sold Marijuana is coming from Mexico - based on the levels of pesticides in the pot. Nuch stood behind his assertion. "We have many samples," he said.
Nuch didn't thrill some of the marijuana fans when he said almost all the marijuana dispensaries were illegal.
A few irritated audience members did what I always hate at these forums...they started asking questions which were actually "mini-speeches". Most of these statements never actually ended in a question.
Overall, it was a good night for Nuch and he did well in a forum where I felt he wouldn't be positively received.