The City Attorney represents and advises the City Council and all City officers in matters of law
pertaining to their offices. The City Attorney also represents and appears for the City and City
officers and employees in actions or proceedings in which the City is concerned.
The City Attorney drafts and reviews contracts for services, public works, and real property
matters, and prepares proposed ordinances and resolutions. The Office also provides legal
services to the Redevelopment Agency to implement economic development and affordable
housing programs, and prepares such legal documents as may be required for special
improvement and maintenance districts.
City Council priorities addressed by the City Attorney’s office include controlling and reducing costs, particularly by assisting in avoiding unnecessary litigation; facilitating economic and
residential development; public finance; labor negotiations and other personnel issues; and
advising related agencies including the Redevelopment Agency, Finance Authority, and Planning
The mission of the City Attorney is to provide first-class legal advice and zealous legal representation for the City Council, City Manager, and City employees in order that they may
lawfully attain the City Council’s goals and program outcomes without undue risk to the City.