Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Annual City Attorney Family BBQ

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The flyer flew around the offices, announcing the first Annual City Attorney's Office Family BBQ Picnic of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's administration.

And so it was that at around 11am on Saturday morning the families of the City Attorney's Office started arriving at the Los Angeles Police Academy near Dodger Stadium and climbed the steps to the picnic grounds.

A 'warm' welcome a the top of the steps - the flaming grill from the BBQ filled the air with the mouthwatering promise of tasty treats to come as hamburgers and hotdogs crackled while our Chefs de Jour, Richard Wright, Larry Budzinski, and Fred Barry tended the BBQ. (Click on any of the photos for more detail, and don't miss the link at the end of the page for more photos).

It's hard to estimate how many people attended as throughout the 5 hour event, as many people were coming as were going, but 900 hamburgers and a similar number of hotdogs were served. So how many hamburgers and hotdogs did you eat?

The air was filled with the scent of good food and great music, provided by our DJ Frankie Dominguez.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mugs were on sale at a bargain price, and were snapped up.

The LACA Baker to Vegas Team was the fundraising the focus of the event, and thanks to your generosity $1,700 was raised to help the Team's expenses next year.

There was a simply amazing cake baked, donated by Tropicana Bakery, commemerating the Annual LACA BBQ proudly displayed at the Baker to Vegas Team's stand.

It was an event of 'firsts'! Certainly the first time a City Attorney event had a Dunk Tank. So when Nuch climbed the steps of the Dunk Tank, it wasn't long before a lucky shot dumped the City Attorney in the water.

The Annual LACA Family BBQ Picnic was made possible by donations - no public money was spent. But most of all it was made possible by the hard work of the many good people of the Office, some of whom are pictured here:

(Left to right) Leti, Stephanie, Ashley, Sheryl, Robbie, Maria and Francisco

Last and by no means least, thanks to our very own Bureau of Investigation Chief Gary Schram for making this even the success that it undoubtedly was.

Plans for next year's event are already underway, so if you have any comments or suggestions, please email Sheryl Smith at

Posted by: David Berger