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Team Trutanich begins to form in L.A. city attorney's office

May 28, 2009 |  3:38 pm

Former State Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg and former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Robert Philibosian will serve as co-chairmen of the transition team for City Atty.-elect Carmen Trutanich as he prepares to take office.

Trutanich, who takes over from City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo on July 1, named former city Planning Commission President Jane Usher as his transition team’s executive director. He also announced his first two hires. Former federal prosecutor William Carter will serve as Trutanich’s chief of staff, andformer state prosecutor Curt Livesay, who was chief deputy to current-Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley  from 2001 to 2006, will become chief deputy city attorney.

“I am thrilled that they have agreed to return to public service to reform and reshape the office of city attorney,” Trutanich said of Carter and Livesay.

Even as Trutanich began forming his new team, some old business involving Delgadillo -- who was forced out by term limits -- was playing out in a courtroom up the street. Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney agreed to move ahead with a hearing on Monday in the case to determine whether the city controller has the power to audit programs within the office of the city attorney.

Former City Controller Laura Chick, who had sparred with Delgadillo over her auditing powers, left her office last month and now oversees the way federal economic stimulus money is being spent in California for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

City Controller-elect Wendy Greuel sent a letter to the judge today asking for the case to be postponed until after she and Trutanich take office. Greuel said she and Trutanich both view the lawsuit as a waste of taxpayer money. Mooney ignored the request for a postponement, according to Delgadillo’s office.

Trutanich intends to name the rest of his transition team next week. Hertzberg, a mayoral candidate in 2005, had been seen as a possible candidate for city attorney last year. He endorsed Trutanich in his campaign against City Councilman Jack Weiss and now serves as co-chairman of California Forward, a group trying to address dysfunction in state government.

Philibosian served as district attorney from 1981 to 1984 and currently works for the law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

-- David Zahniser