Assemblyman Feuer signals possible bid for L.A. city attorney
State Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) filed paperwork Monday to raise money for a possible 2013 bid for L.A. city attorney, 10 years after he lost a tight election for the office.
Feuer formed a fundraising committee for the office currently occupied by Carmen Trutanich, who is “exploring” a run for L.A. County district attorney in 2012 -- and who has already raised $500,000 for that campaign.
Feuer and Trutanich are both represented by campaign consultant John Shallman, who helped Trutanich win the city attorney seat in 2009. Shallman said Feuer opened the fundraising committee “on the assumption that Mr. Trutanich runs for district attorney and wins.”
He said Feuer will begin raising money immediately.
“Mike’s been strongly encouraged to run for an open seat and begin raising money,” Shallman said. “He opened a committee [Monday] for the possibility of a vacancy in the city attorney’s office.”
Feuer, 53, served on the L.A. City Council from 1995 to 2001, the year he lost his bid for city attorney to Rocky Delgadillo. He has been in the Assembly for five years, representing a district that takes in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and an assortment of Los Angeles neighborhoods including Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Brentwood and West Los Angeles.
Feuer has touted his work on public safety and environmental issues, including a bill to reduce cancer-causing toxics in consumer products. Last week, he was one of several Assembly Democrats who voted to provide special treatment for real estate developer Anschutz Entertainment Group, which sought to have any environmental lawsuits against its proposed NFL stadium heard within 175 days.
Another likely candidate in the 2013 city attorney race is Gregory W. Smith, an attorney who represents firefighters and police officers who belong to the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the rank-and-file police union.
The league was a major supporter of Trutanich in 2009, spending nearly $745,798 to help him get elected.
Smith, who lives in West Los Angeles, has not filed any paperwork to raise campaign contributions but said he intends to run.
-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Assemblyman Mike Feuer, center, in a 2008 file photo. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times