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Apr262012

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Los Angeles County District Attorney election, LA Weekly, Trutanich "tacks to the left"....

* LA Weekly:  "Tough-Talking Carmen Trutanich Softens His Image, Tacks To The Left In D.A. Campaign" - From the Weekly:

   City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has avoided debating his rivals in the race for district attorney, leaving a big question mark about where he stands on public safety issues. As the June 5 primary approaches, Trutanich is starting to fill in the blanks. In a 17-page "Blueprint for Justice," the tough-talking city attorney looks to soften his image by tacking to the left on issues like prison realignment and juvenile justice.

   So say goodbye to Carmen the Barbarian. Now it's Carmen the Humanitarian. Trutanich's shift is most notable on the issue of realignment -- the transfer of prisoners from state to local responsibility to alleviate prison overcrowding. Trutanich's opponents have all complained that the law was rushed through the Legislature without adequate local input. But in his position paper, Trutanich embraces it as a chance to change the justice system.

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   Trutanich's position on realignment drew a rebuke from the campaign of Alan Jackson, who wants to repeal the law and allow counties to send their inmates out of state.

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   Jackie Lacey, the chief deputy D.A., argued that Trutanich had taken an "ill-informed position."

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   Trutanich also positions himself to the left on juvenile justice....................

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* Daily News:  "Carmen Trutanich: Realignment is an opportunity"