Seven candidates are vying for the post of attorney for the city of Los Angeles, a position now held by Mike Feuer. Unless a candidate wins more than 50% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, the top two contenders head to a runoff in November.
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The position has broad duties, according to the city: “As the city’s general counsel, the city attorney provides advice and opinions on matters of municipal interest, reviews contracts and orders as to the form and legality, and is frequently called upon to interpret the City Charter, federal and state statutes, and other laws that govern Los Angeles. committed in the City of Los Angeles.The City Attorney works closely with local law enforcement agencies to prosecute crimes through the Criminal Branches of the City Attorney’s Office located throughout Los Angeles The City Attorney’s Office is also a resource for victims and witnesses of crime and provides a network of referral services as well as crisis intervention and support. . Additionally, the City Attorney administers a number of citywide crime prevention initiatives focused on preserving the quality of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods. The city attorney litigates all civil actions on behalf of the city and represents the city, its counsel, and its officers in all civil lawsuits and court proceedings, in state and federal courts.
The race has a wide field and no holders. One issue is the city attorney’s office’s connection to the DWP scandal and what various candidates would do to clean it up. Housing, homelessness, crime and helping LA’s most vulnerable residents all emerged as issues.
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