Advice Goddess Blog
« Previous | Home | Next »

Thiefy Delgadillo
No, Rocky, an apology is not enough. L.A. city attorney and scumbag Rocky Delgadillo let his wife drive his city-owned GMC Yukon. After she got into an accident in 2004, he stuck us taxpayers with the expense -- as if he'd been the one driving. We would still be stuck but for an LA Times report that raised questions about the accident. Delgascumbag finally acknowledged Monday, reports Matt Lait in the LAT, that his wife was driving when the accident occurred -- and with a suspended license. Hey, Rocky, sneaky isn't a substitute for ethics. Neither are excuses: Lait writes:

At a City Hall news conference, Delgadillo said he should have come forward immediately last week when a Times report raised questions about the accident. But, he said, he stalled because he was trying to protect his family from the "public eye." He characterized his conduct as a breach of "the public trust."

"I mishandled the situation, and I apologize," he said. "I take full responsibility."

But even after his news conference, Delgadillo's staff worked into the evening to correct misstatements that the city attorney had made.

Among the main clarifications:

• Despite initially denying that he drove without the automobile insurance required of all California drivers, Delgadillo actually was an uninsured motorist from June 2005 to July 2006.

• And, contrary to his assertion that his wife was insured when she left the scene of a separate accident in 2004 involving the couple's jointly registered personal car, she was, in fact, also uninsured.

"Due to the confusing nature of the facts in this situation, I misspoke today," Delgadillo said in a statement released after meeting with reporters.

The revelations about the Delgadillos' driving records and use of city property came more than a week after the city attorney had refused to discuss the accident involving his city-owned GMC Yukon.

At the news conference, Delgadillo said he had been attending the Democratic National Convention in Boston when his wife used his SUV to go see her doctor because their personal car had broken down. He said she damaged the rear end backing the SUV into a pole in the parking lot at her doctor's office. He would not say where the accident occurred but that it was not at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as one Times source had stated. When Delgadillo returned from his Boston trip, he said, he turned the vehicle in to the city garage.

Records show that the repair was estimated to cost $2,120. Delgadillo, however, provided a document that stated that the cost actually amounted to $1,222. He said he wrote a personal check Monday to reimburse the city for the expense.

"It's the right thing to do," he said.

Translation: "Oops, I'm fucked. Better pay up!"

Recall-a-dillo anyone? (That has such a nice ring to it.) Also, since this is pretty much attempted (and initially successful) theft, how about we give ole Rocky a nice room at the men's version of the Lynwood Hilton? As they say, get as good as you give, baby. Via TMZ:

The Los Angeles City Attorney has filed a motion asking the judge who sentenced Paris Hilton to have her returned to jail to serve out her full sentence.

In the documents obtained by TMZ, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo is also asking Judge Michael Sauer to hold a hearing, demanding that the Sheriff's Department show why it should not be held in contempt of court for violating Judge Sauer's May 4, 2007 order, which expressly stated "no electronic monitoring."

Hmmm, how about we hold you in contempt of the taxpayers keeping your wide load in gas-guzling niftywheels and probably some deluxe desk chair? We'd just be helping you live up to your stated mission as city attorney:

Office of the City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo

MISSION OF THE OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY

To improve the quality of life and public safety in the City's neighborhoods through crime prevention and the prosecution of criminal misdemeanors; to save taxpayer dollars by effectively and efficiently representing the City, its departments, commissions and employees in civil litigation and transactions; and to provide the highest quality legal advice and guidance to the City, all City departments and commissions.

GOALS

* Safe Neighborhoods
Improving the quality of life and public safety in the City's neighborhoods through crime prevention and the prosecution of criminal misdemeanors

* Saving Taxpayer Dollars
Saving Taxpayer dollars by effectively and efficiently representing the City, its departments, commissions, and employees in civil litigations and transactions

* Better Policing
Providing the highest quality legal advice and guidance to the City, all City departments and commissions

Let's write to the mayor (mayor@lacity.org) and tell him we want to bounce Scum-a-dillo, and replace him with somebody who's ethical -- even when he or she thinks nobody's looking. I'm guessing Scum-a-dillo probably has to be recalled, which is expensive, but maybe he can be pressured to resign. Down with corrupt city officials!

Posted by aalkon at June 20, 2007 1:50 PM

Comments

Delgadillo must go. Prosocuters should not be able to skirt the law to protect thier wife and job. He's an unethical scumbag criminal. Far worse than Paris. We owe Paris for exposing the true problems we face. Criminal City atty. my ass ; go to hell you f*%$''n piece of crap.. lets fire this scumbag and his looser wife . . .

Posted by: Tea Party at June 20, 2007 9:19 AM

I'm with you. Please, everybody, write to the mayor. I'd like to see this guy brought down without a recall, which will cost us.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at June 20, 2007 10:14 AM

"his city-owned GMC Yukon."

remember when civil servants drove K cars?

Posted by: smurfy at June 20, 2007 11:13 AM

It's pretty disgusting. Unless he's transporting criminals (besides himself) to jail in that thing, what's he doing needlessly polluting our air on our dime? A truly big man wouldn't need such a vast vehicle.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at June 20, 2007 11:20 AM

I'm getting e-mails from a few people saying they've written the mayor. Please do. If enough people respond, I think there's a good chance he may pressure him to resign (which won't cost us like a recall would). mayor@lacity.org is the address

Posted by: Amy Alkon at June 20, 2007 11:32 AM

> he stalled because he was trying to protect his family from the "public eye."

That worked out great, now didn't it?

Holier than thou, yet a closet full of skeletons.

Posted by: Doobie at June 20, 2007 10:20 PM

One more thing…if LAPD officers merely think someone is soliciting prostitutes, they have the power to seize that person’s vehicle. They’ve done this many times—the result of a December 2002 ordinance embraced by the very same Rocky Delgadillo.

Amy blogged it here: http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2006/08/pimp_my_ride_1.html

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Seize that SUV!

Posted by: Doobie at June 21, 2007 2:54 PM

I think there's too much collective yawning about dishonesty by the very people supposed to fight it. This guy must get the boot for this. Please, write to the mayor, blog this, raise some outcry!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at June 21, 2007 3:06 PM

I do write to the mayor. I stated there everything I knew including gmc yukon parts. I'm with you!!! Don't worry!

Posted by: sawong_sawong_sana at June 22, 2007 1:24 AM

Hey Rocky, the Rat, as a City Attorney don't you know the law in CA. You MUST have insurance, when driving, can't you buy your air-headed wife some insurance?? I'm sure you can afford it! Where did you get your law degree K-Mart?

Posted by: Janis Roberts at June 22, 2007 6:58 AM

This guy is a scumbag and a hippocrite. It makes me mad just reading how he abused CA taxpayers dollars.

Posted by: Withheld at June 25, 2007 12:01 PM

I agree with the comment not to waste taxpayer's money on a recall. Let the voters decide.

Posted by: william v. ballough at June 30, 2007 7:48 AM

Leave a comment