GARCETTI REJECTS DEBATES; RIVALS ACCUSE D.A. OF DUCKING ISSUES.
Byline: Greg Gittrich Staff Writer
Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County District Attorney Gil Garcetti Gilbert "Gil" Garcetti (b. August 5, 1941) served as Los Angeles County's 39th District Attorney for two terms, from 1992 until November 7, 2000. Background
Gil Garcetti received a bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Southern California and a Juris rejected Thursday a challenge from a re-election opponent, prosecutor Steve Cooley Stephen Lawrence ("Steve") Cooley (born May 1, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is a veteran prosecutor who was elected as Los Angeles County's 36th District Attorney on November 7, 2000. He was sworn in for his second term on December 6, 2004. , to a series of public debates before the March 7 primary.
Bill Carrick, Garcetti's campaign chief, said the district attorney speaks in public forums almost daily and does not believe debating Cooley or the third candidate, attorney Barry Groveman, would be useful.
``These two guys do nothing but bash Gil, and there's not much useful purpose for us to go to debates to hear them deliver their negative talking points,'' Carrick said.
``Being the punching bag between these two guys as they launch exaggerated and canned attacks doesn't seem to be a very useful way to spend our time.''
Cooley, a head deputy district attorney, said the law enforcement issues facing the county, including the Rampart police scandal, are so serious that Garcetti will eventually have to face them.
``He doesn't want to debate. He knows that we will lay him out,'' Cooley said. ``But he's not just ducking me. He's ducking the issues. He can't hide out forever because the issues are too important.''
Similar sentiments were voiced by Groveman, an environmental attorney, best known for investigating the construction of Los Angeles Unified's Belmont Learning Center This Belmont Learning Center contains information about a building currently under construction.
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``Debates are the only intelligent way the public can make a decision on who the next D.A. should be,'' said Groveman, who previously challenged Garcetti to debates.
``Garcetti is concerned about his record. It's very hard to defend a legacy of failure and neglect,'' Groveman said.
``It's arrogant and not becoming to avoid addressing the public on the role you play on their behalf.''
In a letter Thursday to Garcetti, Cooley contended Garcetti has rejected debate invitations from the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
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The Antelope Valley talk show host Herb Nero. He also argued the district attorney has yet to reply to debate invitations from the Association of Deputy District Attorneys DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS. The Act of Congress of March 3, 1815, 2 Story L. U. S. 1530, authorizes and directs the district attorneys of the United States to appoint by warrant, an attorney as their substitute or deputy in all cases when necessary to sue or prosecute for the United and Warren Olney's radio show ``Which Way L.A.''
``Voters have a right to know whether you are prepared to defend your record in public debates instead of continuing to hide out,'' Cooley wrote.
``I hope that you will respond promptly and in the affirmative AFFIRMATIVE. Averring a fact to be true; that which is opposed to negative. (q.v.)
2. It is a general rule of evidence that the affirmative of the issue must be proved. Bull. N. P. 298 ; Peake, Ev. 2.
3. to this debate challenge.''
Despite Garcetti's refusal, Cooley and Groveman said they stand ready to meet each other and will work out a schedule for public debates.