By Edwin Folven, 12/13/2012
Physical therapy, then debates for former assemblyman
City attorney candidate and former state assemblyman Mike Feuer was released Saturday from California Hospital Medical Center, where he had been since Dec. 3 after being involved in a car collision.
Feuer suffered fractures to six ribs, a ruptured spleen and a partially collapsed lung when his Toyota Prius was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe whose driver reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of Figueroa Way and 23rd Street. He was driving to the swearing-in ceremony for Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey when the collision occurred.
“He hit me right on the driver’s side door going full speed,” Feuer said. “They got me right to the hospital, and the doctors and nurses there helped me a lot. There is no question I will be fine, and I need to be fine soon because I am running in an election. I am very, very determined to win this race.”
Feuer said he is currently undergoing physical therapy four times a day in his home, but hopes to resume making campaign appearances within days. He also plans to meet with as many people as possible in the coming weeks, going door-to-door to discuss the issues with constituents.
“I am going to continue gaining the support I need and will be walking precincts across the city,” Feuer said. “There are a lot of things going on at once.”
Feuer said he plans to address crime issues such as gangs and gun violence. He also plans to bring more cohesion to the city attorney’s office.
“I view the city attorney as the problem solver in chief for the city of Los Angeles,” Feuer said. “The city attorney needs to be at the center of solving our greatest challenges. I will try to find ways to advance our economic recovery, and elevate our most important priorities to the top of the chart.”
Feuer said one of his top priorities will be to focus on shielding the city from liability in lawsuits.
“We are paying too much money in lawsuit payments,” Feuer added. “We should be focusing on preventing these things in the first place.”
He also said he plans to work more closely with members of the city council and other city representatives to build consensus and work on problem solving.
“One of my strengths, which I hope to bring to the office, is to bring people together,” he added. “I want to focus on getting the city services we need back on track.”
Feuer said he is also preparing for debates in January with the other candidates for the city attorney’s office — current Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and attorney Greg Smith. The first public debate is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel in Hollywood, followed by a second public debate sponsored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex on Vine Street. The candidates will also face off in a non-public debate on Feb. 5 to be broadcast by KPCC, and during a non-public Feb. 6 debate at PBS studios to be broadcast on the show, “SoCal Connected”.
Feuer added that he is thankful to the physicians and staff at the California Hospital Medical Center, and all of his family, friends and constituents who offered support while he was hospitalized.
“It was incredibly touching,” he said. “I just want everyone to know how grateful I am. It’s going to be challenging, but these are challenges I know I will get through.”