In-House City Attorneys in Southern California: When Were They Admitted, Where Did They Attend Law School, and What University Did They Attend?

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

 

This is a continuation of my series about Southern California In-House City Attorneys in California.  This information is gleaned from open and public sources, all online, including the State of California’s website.  This may seem like very personal information, but it is not.  Each of these attorneys are public officials and public figures.  They knew the job was dangerous when they took it.

 

City Name Name of City Attorney Tenure Law School Undergrad Admitted in CA
San Bernardino County
San Bernardino James F. Penman 1987 Western State Univ. CSU San Bernardino 1980
Redlands Daniel J. McHugh 1994 McGeorge SOL Rutgers 1983
Riverside County
Moreno Valley Robert Hansen 2010 Southwestern Univ. Brigham Young Univ. 1987
Riverside Gregory Priamos 2001 Loyola Law School U.S.C. 1988
Los Angeles County
Burbank Dennis Barlow 1997 Univ. of San Diego Brigham Young Univ. 1975
Compton Craig J. Cornwell 2008 Whittier College SOL U.C. Santa Barbara 1994
Culver City Carol Schwab 1997 U.C. Hastings SOL U.C. Berkeley 1985
Glendale Scott H. Howard 1990 Southwestern Univ. U.S.C. 1976
Hawthorne Russell I. Miyahira 2009 U.C. Hastings SOL U.C.L.A. 1986
Inglewood Cal P. Saunders 2006 U.C. Hastings SOL CSU Long Beach 1975
Long Beach Robert E. Shannon 1998 U.C.L.A. SOL U.C.L.A. 1969
Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert 2010 McGeorge SOL U.C. Santa Barbara 1999
Los Angeles Carmen Trutanich 2009 South Bay Univ., Harbour City, CA U.S.C. 1979
Palmdale Wm. Matthew Ditzhazy 1994 Michigan State Univ. Univ. of Michigan 1985
Pasadena Michele Beal Bagneris 1997 UC Berkeley/Boalt Hall Stanford 1984
Redondo Beach Michael W. Webb 2005 U.C. Hastings SOL U.C. Santa Barbara 1987
Santa Monica Marsha Jones Moutrie 1993 U.C.L.A. SOL U.C.L.A. 1976
Torrance John L. Fellowes III 1993 U.S.C. Law School U.C. Irvine 1981
Orange
Anaheim Cristina Talley 2009 U.C.L.A. SOL Cal. Poly Pomona 1982
Huntington Beach Jennifer McGrath 2002 McGeorge SOL U.C.L.A. 1995
Newport Beach David R. Hunt 2008 McGeorge SOL U.C. Irvine 1983
Orange David A. DeBerry Western State Univ. San Diego State 1989
Santa Ana Joe Straka 2011 Cleveland-Marshall SOL Kent State 1987
Ventura County
Oxnard Alan Holmberg 2008 U.S.C. Law School Oberlin 1975
Simi Valley  Tracy M. Noonan 2009 Southwestern Univ. CSU Long Beach 1994
Thousand Oaks Amy Albano Albany Law School S.U.N.Y (Unknown Location) 1982
Ventura Ariel P. Calonne 2007 U.C. Hastings SOL U.C. Riverside 1983
San Diego County
Carlsbad Ronald R. Ball Santa Clara Univ. Stanford 1977
Chula Vista Glen R. Googins 2010 UC Berkeley/Boalt Hall Dartmouth 1988
Escondido Jeffrey R. Epp 1996 Univ. of Wyoming COL Univ. of Wyoming 1986
National City Claudia Silva 2010 Univ. of San Diego U.C.L.A. 1993
Oceanside John P. Mullen 2006 Univ. of San Diego U.C. San Diego 1992
San Diego Jan Goldsmith 2008 Univ. of San Diego American Univ. 1976
Vista Darold Pieper 2005 U.S.C. Law School U.C.L.A. 1971
Imperial
El Centro Luis F. Hernandez 2008 UC Berkeley/Boalt Hall Santa Clara Univ. 1979

For Law Schools, this is the tally:   U.C. Hastings has  five active in-house City Attorneys,  University of San Diego School of Law has four, McGeorge has four, Boalt Hall (U.C. Berkeley) has three, U.C.L.A. has three, U.S.C. has three, Southwestern has three, Western State University has two, Loyola, Santa Clara, Albany, Whittier, Michigan State, Univ. of Wyoming, Cleveland-Marshall, South Bay University are tied for one a piece.

I am not an in-house City Attorney, but as frequent readers of this site will note, I am a former Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Bernardino, and a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Redlands.  Roughly, I worked about nine and a half years for those cities, and I was also a clerk in law school for the City of Santa Clara.  I graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley.  I have been admitted in the State of California to practice continuously since 1998.  In private practice, I work in municipal law both for the public and on behalf of public agencies.

Previous posts in the series of In-House City Attorneys in Southern California:

Cost Per Attorney for In-House City Attorney’s Offices in Southern California

Ratio of Attorneys to Population in In-House City Attorney’s Offices in Southern California

An Abbreviated Version of the Chart of In-House City Attorney’s Offices in Southern California

In-House City Attorney’s Offices in Southern California

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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The California Public Records Act and The Future of Journalism in California

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

I attended and graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law.  The School of Law is part of Santa Clara University, which opened in 1851.  It claims to be the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California.  That beats the College of California, the predecessor to the University of California, Berkeley, where I earned my A.B.  Anyway, I receive two alumni magazines from the school .  In the Spring 2011 edition of Santa Clara Magazine, the alumni magazine for the University as a whole, I found an interesting series of articles about the future of journalism in the United States.  I have a personal interest it, because of my family in the industry.  Among the articles is one titled: “Journalism: Broadsheets and Spreadsheets” by Jack Gillum, a database editor at USA Today.  It discusses the use of statistical analysis in analyzing public records for investigative journalism.

The California Public Records Act is an important tool for journalists in California.  In Mr. Gillum’s article, he discusses public records acts requests because of proprietary databases.  In California, a public agency can extend the time to respond from ten days to an additional 14 days in unusual circumstances, such when there is the “need to compile data, to write programming language or a computer program, or to construct a computer report to extract data.”  California Government Code section 6253(c)(4).  Duplication of electronic records are limited to  ” the direct cost of producing a copy of a record in an electronic format.”  California Government Code section 6253.9(a)(2).

However, a requester does have to pay for “the cost of producing a copy of the record, including the cost to construct a record, and the cost of programming and computer services necessary to produce a copy of the record when either of the following applies: (1) In order to comply with the provisions of subdivision (a), the
public agency would be required to produce a copy of an electronic record and the record is one that is produced only at otherwise regularly scheduled intervals. (2) The request would require data compilation, extraction, or programming to produce the record.  California Government Code section 6253.9(b)(1), (2).

The problem encountered by Mr. Gillum in other states may have been based on a provision similar to this one in the California Public Records Act:  “Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the public agency to release an electronic record in the electronic form in which it is held by the agency if its release would jeopardize or compromise the security or integrity of the original record or of any proprietary software in which it is maintained.  California Government Code section 6253.9(f).   Part of the Legislative History of AB 2799 (2000) explains the reasoning behind subsection F: ” An agency would not be required to release an electronic record in electronic form if its release would
jeopardize or compromise the security or integrity of the original record or of any proprietary software in which it is maintained.  This limitation was added to the bill in order to
alleviate concerns that electronic records, though  created with taxpayer money, may have been produced using  software designed specifically for the agency. This bill
would give the agency the flexibility to refuse to  release a requested record in electronic format, if such a release would mean that the software would also have to
be released. Even without the software problem, though, an electronic record containing the data may be deciphered and the software program reconstructed (see below).

The agency also may refuse to provide the information in electronic format if the electronic record, when transmitted or provided to a requester, could be altered
and then retransmitted, thus rendering the original record vulnerable.

These two concerns were registered by opponents of SB  1065 last year. Thus, AB 2799 includes a provision that gives the public agency the option not to provide the
information if disclosing it would jeopardize the integrity or security of the system.”  California Senate Floor Analysis, Pages 4-5, August 19, 2000.   As of today, I have not seen a reported court decision analyzing California Government Code section 6253.9.

Anyway, the article in Santa Clara Magazine is interesting, and I recommend reading it.  When I was Assistant City Attorney in the City of Redlands I assisted journalists with their California Public Records Act requests.  Today, as an attorney in private practice, I help journalists  with their California Public Records Acts requests.  In today’s fiscal environment, journalists do not have the same access to attorneys as when newspapers had more revenue, so it is important to help local journalists in fulfilling their mission of investigatory journalism.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog.  You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

 

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