"Charles Parkin is our choice for city attorney."
Charlie Parkin for Long Beach city attorney, Doug Haubert for city prosecutor: Press-Telegram endorsements
POSTED: 03/12/14, 4:22 PM PDT |
There’s a lot of heat and buzz over the historic Long Beach mayoral and City Council races in the April 8 election, but there are two other races that are just as important and should not be overlooked — those for city attorney and city prosecutor.
Both positions are critical to the efficient running of the state’s seventh largest city. Voters often don’t know much about either, and frequently confuse the two.
The city attorney represents the city on major legal matters and advises City Council on a wide range of activities from preparing city ordinances and contracts to defending the city in court. The office has 20 attorneys and an operating budget of nearly $8.9 million.
The city prosecutor handles misdemeanor crimes, including driving under the influence, vandalism, drug possession, prostitution and code enforcement violations.
Here are the Press-Telegram’s endorsements.
Charles Parkin is our choice for city attorney.
The two favorites running for the city attorney’s office, City Councilman James Johnson and recently appointed City Attorney Parkin, have strong credentials in public service. Also running is civil rights lawyer Matthew Pappas.
Johnson has done an admirable job in representing the city’s Seventh District. He has been a fiscal watchdog and strong advocate for residents, pushing BNSF to develop stronger measures to prevent air pollution from a proposed $500 million railway project adjacent to Long Beach. He has been a major proponent of pension reform. But those achievements are not enough to overcome Johnson’s lack of municipal legal experience.
Parkin has worked in the city attorney’s office for 19 years, starting as a deputy city attorney in 1995. He has been through many city controversies in those years and has gained invaluable management and legal skills. Last July, the City Council appointed him to the city attorney position after then-City Attorney Bob Shannon retired and said Parkin should succeed him.
If elected, Parkin would hit the ground running in managing one of the most important offices in the city.
In our judgment, incumbent Doug Haubert is the best choice for city prosecutor.
We supported Haubert when he ran for this office four years ago, and we support him again for a second term.
He is doing the right things to make a real difference in the community. Rather than look for ways to prosecute people, he looks for ways to get results.
He continues to push a truancy program holding parents responsible if their children chronically miss school. He uses gang injunctions in a smart way to reduce crime. He goes after slumlords.
Haubert goes beyond staying in his office, or the courtroom, to do his job. He spends time at neighborhood meetings, seeking ideas to make the community better.
His opponent, Rosemary Chavez, has spent 26 years as a prosecutor for the city of Los Angeles. She is an experienced trial attorney, especially in DUI cases, and has trained police officers in proper arrest procedures.