I want to thank you for taking the time to research my qualifications and reasons why I am running for re-election in 2018.
Many of our local newspapers described the 2014 City Attorney race as possibly the most important race of that election cycle, and for good reason. This job demands an experienced legal leader who has the background and wherewithal to provide the type of municipal law expertise that the great City of Long Beach richly deserves. I was fortunate to win the June 2014 election, with over 60% of the votes cast.
My entire 22 year legal career has been spent practicing municipal law in the Long Beach City Attorney’s office, which makes me uniquely qualified to be the City Attorney. I graduated cum laude from Pacific Coast University, School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
I am admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Central District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. I am a member of the California State Bar Association (Public Law Section), Long Beach Bar Association (Elected to the Board of Governors for the terms of 2003-2004 and 2012-2013) and served as President of the Long Beach City Attorney's Association for the term of 2003-2004 and served as the Vice-President 2002-2003. I served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Long Beach City Employees Federal Credit Union (1998-2013) and as Chairman (2011-2013), and I am a current member of the City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County.
Since 2013, I have served as the Long Beach City Attorney. I manage and supervise a talented staff of 70 employees, including 23 outstanding attorneys. My experience as City Attorney, as well as my long career as a Deputy and later as Principal Deputy and Assistant City Attorney, has provided me with the necessary skills to lead this very important office. I ask for your support to continue to serve the City of Long Beach as your City Attorney.
Breadth of Office
It is critical to realize how vast the City Attorney’s legal responsibilities are and why experienced legal leadership is absolutely mandatory for this elected position.
In addition to a vast portfolio of litigation matters, the City Attorney provides legal advice and support to all of the City's commissions and major enterprise activities including the Port of Long Beach, the Long Beach Airport, the Long Beach Health Department, the Long Beach Water Department, the Long Beach Gas and Oil Department, the Tidelands which includes the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Convention Center, one of the largest small boat marinas in the country, and our five and a half miles of beautiful shoreline.
The City Attorney also provides day to day advice and legal support to the Police, Fire, Public Works, Development Services (Planning and Building), Library and Refuse Departments, to name just a few.
What it Takes
Providing counsel to this wide range of City departments and services requires experienced legal leadership in the specialized practice of municipal law, ideally from someone who has worked through the legal intricacies of this City. That has been my area of expertise for over 22 years. I have spent my entire legal career with the City of Long Beach and have earned the trust of our elected officials, city leaders and the community.
Future of Long Beach
The coming years will continue to bring a great deal of change to the City. Our elected officials deserve experienced municipal legal guidance as they put forth their vision for the future.
As City Attorney, I serve all residents of Long Beach, not just a single district or party. As a result of my decades of legal service and my ability to keep politics aside, I am proud to have been endorsed enthusiastically by local and state Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike.
My endorsements include former Mayor Beverly O'Neill, Mayor Robert Garcia, former Mayor Bob Foster, and LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn. I have been endorsed by former Long Beach City Attorney’s dating to 1978.
The right City Attorney is vitally important. It is about protecting Long Beach with the expertise that it takes to do it right. My sole interest in seeking re-election as City Attorney is to continue to utilize my extensive background, training, and experience to insure that the City's legal course is well charted.
I humbly ask for your vote on April 10th.