Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, June 21, 2012


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Jackson, Lacey Pick Up Endorsements


Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and Chief Deputy Jackie Lacey has each received a key endorsement in the race for the office’s top spot.

Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe, who backed Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen’  Trutanich’s unsuccessful bid in the primary, now supports Jackson. He said:

“Throughout his nearly two decades as a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office, Alan Jackson has shown a commitment to public safety and innovative approaches to fighting crime and managing resources.  I have every confidence that Alan will be an excellent District Attorney, dedicated to keeping all residents of Los Angeles County safe.”

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich endorsed Jackson early in the primary and the other three supervisors have taken no stance.

Meanwhile, the Mexican American Bar Assn. has endorsed Lacey. A letter to her, signed by MABA President Rigoberto J. Arrecluga and Political Endorsements Chair Efrain Aceves, says:

“As the oldest and largest ethnic bar association in the state, we truly appreciate the historic nature of your campaign and die meaning of your victory to all of the women and people of color in the great state of California. As such, we are proud to inform you that the Board of the Mexican American Bar Association unanimously voted to endorse and support you in your quest to become Los Angeles County’s next District Attorney.

“As you are aware, District Attorney Steve Cooley is a long time member and supporter of MABA. He has opened the institution’s doors to MABA and collaborated with us on issues facing the Latino Community. MABA truly cherishes this important relationship and knows that you value it as well. This is why MABA looks forward to working with you to further strengthen the friendship and partnership that currently exists between MABA and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.”

The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and the Asian Pacific City Attorneys’ Association are hosting a “welcome reception”  for newly confirmed United States District Court Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, the first openly gay federal judge in California.

The event will take place on June 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Mayor Tom Bradley Tower of Los Angeles Los Angeles City Hall. Admission is complimentary, but reservations are required. They can be made by e-mailing no later than Sunday.

The invitation says:

“Admission includes access to a grand, historic venue atop of L.A. City Hall, complete with panoramic view of the city; scrumptious hors d’ouvres specially designed by Urban Green…with no-host bar; and plenty of cheers and great company of bench officers, elected officials and colleagues.

The event is co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, Irish American Bar Association, Italian American Lawyers Association, Japanese American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.

Former LGLA President Phil Lam will be available to answer questions about the event at (213) 978-8138.

Los Angeles Superior Court judges are being shifted in courtroom assignments.

Effective last Monday, newly appointed Judge David Walgren was assigned to Department A5 in the Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse in Lancaster and Judge Akemi Arakaki, who had been sitting there, was moved to Department 285 in the McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center, in the same courthouse.

Arakaki took over the courtroom in which Judge Benny C. Osorio had been presiding. He was placed in Department F43 in Chatsworth.

Effective yesterday, two other new appointees received assignments. Judge Debra A. Cole will be in Department 1 of the Downey Courthouse and Judge Halim Dhanidina reported to Department 4 in the Compton Courthouse.

 Tomorrow will be Judge Deborah B. Andrews’s last day presiding in Department 246 of the Long Beach Courthouse. She will officially retire July 5.

On Monday, Judge John H. Ing will move to that courtroom. Department 6 in the Downey Courthouse, where he is presently sitting, will be taken over by Judge Ana Maria Luna, moving there from Department 1 in the same courthouse.

Also on Monday, Department T in Van Nuys East Courthouse will move from Room 400C to Room 600C, and Judge Maria E. Stratton will move with it.


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