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Saturday, October 15, 2011

City Attorney's Medical Marijuana Ordinance "stands up" in Superior Court

Another legal victory for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's office.
"Carmen the who"?
While other members of the Los Angeles Political Bloggin Community have readily attack the person and work of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, recent legal victories by the City Attorney's office is showing that the much-maligned (in the blogging community) first term top legal official's team is jelling into a top notch and potent legal machine.
Coming off its recent legal victory over the City Controller's office, Trutanich's corps of attorneys scored a major victory yesterday when a Superior Court Judge upheld the their crafted Medical Marijuana Ordinance as the LA Times reports.
The decision is a major victory for the city attorney's office, which has invested considerable time and expense in defending the law from a phalanx of lawyers working for dispensaries.

Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, who handles some of the most complex cases in Los Angeles County, held a series of hearings over many months on numerous constitutional challenges raised by the pot collectives. He delved deeply into the issue, studying vaguely worded state medical marijuana laws, a tangle of court cases and exhaustive briefing papers filed by the opposing sides.

"It has been a long wait but well worth it," said Jane Usher, a special assistant city attorney. "It is absolutely gratifying to have the city's ordinance validated."
...... and now your thoughts on "Carmen the who"? That would be City Attorney.
Scott Johnson in CD 14.

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Blogger Joe Friday said:

Yep, it's a great victory for Carmen the Clown. He has won a case that proves, yet again, that you cannot trust a word he says.

When he ran for city attorney he promised countless times that he would not use the city attorney's office as a springboard to higher office. Within 9 months of being elected, he's running for DA.

He promised the legitimate medical marijuana community that he would come up with an ordinance that would allow them to stay in business, but instead he passed an ordinance that makes their existence impossible and has allowed the bad guys to continue to break the law unabated.

He promised to allow the controller to audit his office and drop the lawsuit, but then reneged on paying the legal fees for the challenge. The audit cost the city over $2M and came up with 66 recommendations for Trutanich. One year later, not a single recommendation has been adopted.

His answer to Los Angeles's problems like billboard and medical MJ is an absolute ban. That's not much of an answer.

Now his tactics in demanding cash settlements to avoid criminal prosecutions have been called 'extortion' and will be heard in court on Thursday, so let's see if he does another high five after that case.

October 15, 2011 12:15 PM  

Blogger Treadstone said:

You've been drinking a little too much of the Nooch Koolaide, Red Spot. The Nooch people are beyond desperate to try to spin all of his failures into fairytales of fantasy. A harsh dose of reality here is what's needed.

When you actually look at the facts, and not the talking points that Nooch sells like snake oil, the first two years of the Nooch administration shows a clear pattern of failure, and to try to blame bloggers for outing those failures is a cheap shot. It's what the blogs are supposed to do.

Perhaps the biggest failure is the way Nooch claims his "Porcupine Defense" has saved the city millions, no hundreds of millions of dollars in defending lawsuits. But according to the blogs and even the LA Times, Nooch's catchphrase strategy has actually cost the city way more in trial losses than settling the claims reasonably. Just google "Trutanich porcupine defense" and see the results.

How about the Nooch Grand Jury? Didn't hear you cheering when that McCarthy Era hangover was proposed. Thankfully, even the City Clowncil, as inept as they are, had the good sense to call the folks in Sacramento and kill that bill.

Then there's Nooch's ACE Program? It's a shining example of how screwed up Nooch's administration actually is. 2 years ago CM Koretz asked Nooch to come up with an ordinance to improve the way the city enforces building and safety code violations. Koretz even gave Nooch the names of other cities that already have similar programs in place. Instead of doing what he was told to do, Nooch spent millions of dollars in attorney time to change Koretz's motion into the so-called ACE program - another stylish meaningless catchphrase. When Nooch went on the Kevin James show to talk about ACE, he flat out misrepresented so many facts that even his chief deputy had to admit that Nooch was wrong. Just google "Trutanich lies about ACE"

The so-called 'victory' in the medical marijuana case you talk about is the 3rd attempt by Nooch to pass an ordinance that is actually constitutional. For all his bragging and boasting, the fact is he got it wrong, Twice. He wasted millions of dollars in lawsuits while the illegal pot shops flourished. Are you seriously trying to say that having wasted two and a half years with screwed up ordinances, the fact that he finally gets it right is a victory?

Face it Red Spot, Nooch is a terrific spin merchant, but an abject failure in everything else. He cannot be trusted and even his former supporters are turning their backs on him. I don't much care for Mike Feuer, but even he will make a better City Attorney than this Clown.

October 16, 2011 7:37 AM  

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