Los Angeles Politics HotSheet for Thursday
Speaking of the bus wheels and angry tempers, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich - who wants to run for District Attorney - is potentially facing accusations of an alleged physical assault. Activist and blogger Zuma Dogg has Tweeted that Trutanich "grabbed my neck and shook my head." Zuma tells us "this is 100% true." Zuma also recently disclosed that during the 2009 City Attorney campaign Trutanich allegedly promised a job to the performance artist turned political agitator but upon election reneged on the pledge.
The election for Mayor of Los Angeles is almost two years away but candidates are finding early fundraising success. Rainmaker Eli Broad and former Mayor Dick Riordan have blazed a trail for former Villaraigosa staffer Austin Beutner to collect $405,000; in the meantime radio talk show host Kevin James has raised over $100K from small donors.
Wendy Greuel takes her mayoral campaign road show to the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council; a Patch commenter refers to the City Controller as "LA's version of Sarah Palin."
Does being the son of the Mayor of Los Angeles help grease the skids for approval for a controversial mural? Antonio Villaraigosa, Jr. is involved in the creation of a series of murals many Mount Washington area residents are not happy with. Despite Neighborhood Council approval, submission of a support letter to Cultural Affairs will be delayed in order to gather more community feedback.