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Bill to expand city attorney's powers dies in Assembly committee

June 30, 2010 |  3:44 pm

A political feud between Los Angeles city officials has helped sink a proposal to vastly expand the powers of the Los Angeles city attorney by giving him his own grand jury.

SB 1168 by state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) appears to have died for the year after failing to win support from a key committee in the Assembly. The panel’s approval is necessary by Friday and the committee is not meeting again.

The measure was proposed by Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich to help him investigate significant misdemeanor cases, but it had been bitterly opposed by some members of the Los Angeles City Council as an illegal power grab.

Read the full story at PolitiCal, The Times' state politics blog.

-- Patrick McGreevy