Today's Daily News, in an editorial, reminds new City Attorney Carmen Trutanich that as a candidate he promised to reverse Rocky Delgadillo's legal opinion that prohibited audits of his office by the controller.
Unfortunately, Trutanich's office appears to be backing off his clear campaign pledge.
On Monday, Trutanich and new City Controller Wendy Greuel asked the judge to delay his final ruling for 30 days. In that time, the two are supposed to hammer out plans for Greuel to audit Trutanich's office. Meanwhile, the City Attorney's Office will await the judge's final ruling before considering a new legal opinion.
Sure, it's great that Trutanich has invited the controller in to audit, but that doesn't resolve the fundamental issue - which is that the controller should have the right to conduct performance audits on the office of the city attorney or any other elected official, invited or not.
Another DN editorial chides Mayor Villaraigosa for his "baffling brush off" of concerns about the Michael Jacxkson memorial costs, "made stranger by the fact that he supported the idea of donations in absentia."