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March 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is the top prosecutor in the most populous state in the nation, but her counterparts in six other states, including Tennessee and Alabama were paid more last year, a state salary survey has found. The California attorney general's salary was also less than the pay received by the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. The survey was conducted by the staff of the California Citizens Compensation Commission in preparation for a meeting Thursday at which it will consider whether to provide pay raises to the governor, legislators, attorney general and other statewide constitutional officers.
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April 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
A lawsuit alleging that a former employee in L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander's office was sexually harassed by the lawmaker's top deputy can move forward, although the plaintiff may be required to identify herself, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. During a hearing, city attorneys asked Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis to dismiss the lawsuit filed last fall, arguing that the allegations did not qualify as harassment under the state's fair employment laws.
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May 29, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
Three Glendale police officers, a department-issued car and a joyride to Las Vegas - that journey and its potential consequences hit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. An attorney for Officer Patrick Hamblin and his former colleagues - Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich, who were fired after getting caught - appealed to Judge Luis Lavin on Tuesday to correct actions by the Glendale Civil Service Commission in the case. The officers claim their actions were due to "a momentary lapse of judgment," not, as the city argues, "moral turpitude," according to their court petition.  Civil service commissioners were also overly harsh when they upheld the firings of Salmeron and Ullerich and improperly punished Hamblin with a 90-day suspension and pay cut, the officers contend.
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March 26, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
The Santa Monica City Council this week launched an effort to close all or part of the city's airport after July 2015 - a move that could result in years of additional court battles with the federal government. Council members voted 6 to 0 late Tuesday to develop and evaluate a strategy to scale back flight operations, cut the 5,000-foot runway by 2,000 feet and reduce aviation-related services, such as fuel sales and flight schools. The decision also calls for the city to consider converting airport land to low-impact non-aviation uses.
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March 28, 1985
The campaign for Los Angeles city attorney has attracted five lawyers. Of the five, Lisa Specht has the combination of intelligence and ambition that we believe makes her the best choice for the post. Although she may be better known to voters as a part-time television commentator on legal affairs, Specht is highly regarded in her profession for work in civil trials and administrative law.
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March 31, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
John L. Fellows III will be replaced as the city's attorney effective next month, although City Manager Paul O. Brady Jr. denied reports that Fellows was fired. Joel D. Kuperberg, 38, who is currently La Palma city attorney, will replace Fellows. Like Fellows, he is a partner in the Costa Mesa firm of Rutan & Tucker. The city of Irvine has retained Rutan & Tucker to handle its legal affairs since the city's incorporation in 1971.
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September 2, 2010 | By Sam Allen and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Vernon's top city attorneys, already among the highest-paid public employees in the state, have received an unusual pension deal under which they would get the same enhanced benefits as police officers and firefighters. Typically, the people who receive the higher pensions given to "safety employees" are workers whose jobs put them in harm's way. Attorneys in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, who prosecute major crimes, receive no such pensions. It is rare for city attorneys to get such a benefit, pension experts said.
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November 1, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
After a week of setbacks, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich got a Halloween treat Wednesday from the City Council, which voted to delay action on a proposed ballot measure that could strip his office of significant legal duties. Lawmakers said a motion made last week by Councilman Paul Krekorian to place the measure on the March primary ballot needed more review. On a 12-3 vote, the council agreed to table the proposal for two weeks while Krekorian and Councilman Paul Koretz meet with Trutanich and his staff to seek an agreement that could avoid a ballot measure.
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March 8, 1997
Only days after asking its mayor to hire a new city attorney, the Pasadena City Council has asked to delay any action pending further investigation into the job candidate's background. The decision late Thursday was made amid new questions about Cheryl Ward, senior assistant city attorney in Los Angeles, who was the council's choice for city attorney.
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March 20, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
The City Council has appointed Michele R. Vadon as the new city attorney to succeed Jerry Patterson, who resigned from the post March 11. Vadon, like Patterson, is with Burke, Williams & Sorensen in Costa Mesa, the firm that has provided city attorney services for Dana Point since its incorporation in 1989. Vadon is presently the city attorney for the cities of Lomita and Bellflower.
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March 10, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than 100 pot shops have shut down since Los Angeles started enforcing new rules restricting medical marijuana dispensaries, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Monday. In addition to the rules prompting scores of closures, Feuer said city lawyers had successfully fended off a host of legal challenges. In one closely watched case, they prevented a dispensary from opening in Mar Vista, securing a permanent injunction before it could set up shop. “We have a long way to go, but we have a great start,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who joined Feuer at a press conference.
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March 7, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The five former Bell council members convicted in a corruption case filed suit Friday against the former city attorney and his law firm, saying the convictions were the result of bad legal advice. The lawsuit charges Edward Lee and Best, Best & Krieger with legal malpractice, breach of contract and negligent representation for not telling council members that their high salaries may have been illegal. The suit says that Lee and his firm did not object that council members were paid extra for sitting on various city boards.
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March 5, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Council members Wednesday approved a new contract with the union representing deputy city attorneys that gives no pay raises through 2016 and requires a bigger contribution toward healthcare costs. Under the three-year pact, approved 10-0, deputy city attorneys will for the first time pay a portion of healthcare premiums, about 10%, and also pay more toward the cost of retiree healthcare. Current employees now pay about 7% toward the cost of retiree health coverage.
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February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
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February 3, 2014 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- MeetMe.com, a social networking site, is enabling predators to target minors, San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera charged in a lawsuit Monday. Herrerra said the New Hope, Pa.-based company MeetMe Inc. was violating California laws by relying on legally invalid consent from minors age 13 to 17 to reveal their real-time locations and personal information to strangers. Dozens of minors nationwide have been victimized by predators who found them on the networking site, and it has been implicated in several crimes involving sexual assault and illicit sex with minors in California, according to the suit.
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January 15, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday hailed a $3.96-million judgment and permanent injunction against a downtown merchant as the largest judgment the city has secured in a counterfeiting case. Maria Luisa Sanchez committed 1,586 trademark violations over at least the last five years, and sold counterfeit clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items at different storefronts, the city attorney's office said. She was fined $2,500 for each of the 1,586 counterfeit items that she sold or had for sale.
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September 5, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council has officially accepted the resignation of Jerry M. Patterson, who has served as city attorney since the community's incorporation in 1991. Although he will leave Lake Forest effective Oct. 1, Patterson, 62, will remain available to the city as a consultant. Patterson was a onetime Santa Ana councilman and a five-term congressman from the 46th District and is managing partner of the Costa Mesa law firm Burke, Williams and Sorensen, which provides legal services to Lake Forest.
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November 13, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
In January, the city attorney's office will add a deputy prosecutor to assist in handling the department's workload, now 13,000 cases a year. City Atty. Jack L. White said the additional attorney will increase the number of Anaheim prosecuting attorneys to nine. Since the 1950s, Anaheim has been the only city in Orange County that prosecutes state code misdemeanors, White said. All other cities use the county district attorney's office.
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January 7, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Allenco Energy Inc. from reopening in South Los Angeles, accusing the company of ignoring years of evidence that fumes from its oil fields were sickening residents of the surrounding neighborhood. City Atty. Mike Feuer's investigation found that Allenco willfully disregarded violation notices issued by oversight agencies and that regulators did not move forcefully to enforce their numerous and repeated citations. As a result of lax practices, Allenco exposed University Park neighbors "to noxious fumes and odors which have resulted in adverse health effects on community members in the form of severe headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, chronic fatigue and respiratory ailments including asthma," says the complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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