L.A. city attorney candidate Weiss switches gears, plans fundraiser


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As in his 2009 race for L.A. city attorney, two-time candidate Noel Weiss hasn’t raised or spent anything this time around. But it looks like that’s about to change.

Weiss supporter John Wallbank of Venice said Weiss will be holding a fundraiser Sunday afternoon in Marina del Rey. Details can be found at Weiss’ campaign website.


“His integrity, community advocacy and work for the poor shouldn’t be a detriment to his candidacy,” Wallbank wrote in an email to The Times, “but should be recognized as sacrifices that diminish his funds but affirm his qualifications.”

Weiss, an attorney in private practice, is a familiar figure at City Hall, where he is known for his land-use battles.

But he’s had a hard time gaining traction in both of his campaigns for city attorney.

In 2009, Weiss finished last in a field of five. The post was won in the general election by the current city attorney, Carmen Trutanich, who defeated then-City Councilman Jack Weiss, who had finished first in the primary.

Now Noel Weiss is one of three lawyers challenging Trutanich in the March 5 primary. Former assemblyman and past councilman Mike Feuer has the biggest campaign treasury, but Greg Smith, who has made millions representing police and firefighters in suits against their local government employers, has put at least $620,000 of his own money into the race.

Weiss so far has been counting largely on a handful of candidate forums and news stories to get his message out. He said he wants to bring “the kind of change which will truly empower the people by making our governance system work for the citizens of Los Angeles. Government should be our ally, not our adversary.”


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