Mike Feuer

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Michael Feuer
Michael Feuer.jpg
City Attorney of Los Angeles
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Preceded by Carmen Trutanich
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 42nd district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Paul Koretz
Succeeded by Brian Nestande
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 5th district
In office
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2001
Preceded by Zev Yaroslavsky
Succeeded by Jack Weiss
Personal details
Born (1958-05-14) May 14, 1958 (age 57)
San Bernardino, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gail Ruderman Feuer[1]
Children 2
Education B.A. and J.D. Harvard University
Profession Politician
Lawyer
Religion Judaism

Michael Nelson "Mike" Feuer (born May 14, 1958)[2] is an American politician and lawyer who has been serving as Los Angeles City Attorney since July, 2013, after defeating incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich by a wide margin on May 21, 2013.

Feuer was previously elected to three two-year terms in the California State Assembly, representing the 42nd Assembly District. He was elected in 2006 on the Democratic ticket, and reelected in 2008 and 2010.

Feuer served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1995 to 2001, representing the 5th Council District. In 2001 he was a candidate for Los Angeles City Attorney. He placed first of four candidates in the primary for the nonpartisan office, but narrowly lost the runoff to Rocky Delgadillo. Prior to seeking office, Feuer served as executive director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services - The House of Justice and was a lawyer in private practice.

Before Politics[edit]

Feuer was born and raised to a Jewish family[3] in San Bernardino, California. Feuer's first electoral victory came in fourth grade when he was elected class president at Parkside Elementary School, a racially-mixed public school.[4] In another early election, Feuer ran for class president at Golden Valley Junior High School. The initial election resulted in a tie.[original research?] A few days later, the staff of the school decided to have another election, which Feuer won.[original research?] He graduated in 1976 from San Bernardino High School, where he was class valedictorian.[original research?] In high school, he played basketball and was a fan of the California Angels.[original research?]

Feuer received both a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree (cum laude) from Harvard University.[5] He later served on the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee, which reports to the Harvard Board of Overseers. He practiced law at two of California’s leading firms and served as a judicial clerk to the California Supreme Court.[5]

Feuer served as executive director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services - The House of Justice.[5][6] The Los Angeles Daily Journal declared that Feuer transformed Bet Tzedek into a “national success story” by establishing programs to help Alzheimer’s patients, victims of the Northridge earthquake and L.A. civil unrest, and Holocaust survivors striving to obtain restitution.[5] At Bet Tzedek, Feuer oversaw free legal representation for more than 50,000 elderly, poor, and disabled clients on issues including health care, nursing home abuse, consumer fraud, and slum housing.[5]

City Council[edit]

From 1995 to 2001, Feuer served as the 5th District member of the Los Angeles City Council. He was elected to fill a vacancy caused by the election of Councilmember Zev Yaroslavsky to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Feuer was elected over Barbara Yaroslavsky, the outgoing councilmember's wife.[4] While on the Council, Feuer led committees on business tax reform, children’s and seniors’ issues, and ethics in government.[5] He wrote ordinances and created new programs to combat gun violence, expand decent, affordable housing, protect seniors from elder abuse, advance the rights of women and girls, enhance environmental quality, improve emergency services and public safety, promote better race relations, and reform City government. Feuer chaired the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, delivering balanced multi-billion dollar budgets and intervening to ensure meals and transportation for seniors in need, jobs for disadvantaged youth, basic services for Los Angeles’ neighborhoods and funding to promote literacy.[5] Feuer reached the two-term limit for his city council seat in 2001, and ran for city attorney.[5][7][8]

First run for City Attorney and after[edit]

In 2001, Feuer ran for City Attorney. He placed first in the nonpartisan primary for the office, taking 39% to opponent Rocky Delgadillo's 38%, but was narrowly defeated in the runoff, with Delgadillo taking 52% to Feuer's 48%.[9] Feuer collected numerous endorsements in the race, including the LA Times.[10] Afterward, Feuer worked in private practice and taught at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He also wrote articles on children, seniors, government reform, violence prevention, consumer rights, the justice system and the environment in California’s leading newspapers. He served as a commentator on National Public Radio member KPCC.[11]

Race for Assembly[edit]

In 2006, Feuer defeated West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land and three others in the Democratic primary for the 42nd Assembly District seat. Feuer ran with the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times, outgoing assemblymember Paul Koretz, and the Sierra Club.[12][13][14] The Los Angeles Times highlighted Feuer's experience and policy skill as evidence that he would be an effective legislator. Land was endorsed by the California Labor Federation AFL-CIO.[15] Feuer won the Democratic nomination with over 50% of the vote.[16] With more than 50% of 42nd Assembly District voters registered as Democrats, Feuer was assured an easy victory in the general election,[17] and indeed, Feuer won the general election against Republican Steven Mark Sion with more than 72% of the vote.[18] In 2008 he was reelected, defeating Sion again with more than 76% of the vote. He was elected to a third and final term in the Assembly in 2010, defeating Republican Mary Toman-Miller with more than 73% of the vote.

Assembly Member[edit]

During his first term in the Assembly, Feuer served as chairman of Budget Subcommittee No. 5, dealing with information technology and transportation.[19] He also served on the Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Select Committees on Rail Transportation and Prison Construction and Operation.[5] As a freshman, Feuer introduced more than 20 bills, on topics including transit oriented development, improvements on the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, reducing DUI ticket masking, nursing home safety and information, and putting a 7% cap on UC fee increases. The most publicized of Feuer's bills was AB 1471, which required all semi-automatic gun cartridges sold in California after 2010 to be microstamped in two locations. Feuer delivered the June 1, 2007, Democratic weekly radio address concerning that bill. (Media:http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/Newsline/Audio/20070601RadioAddressEnglishGunsFeuer.mp3 Radio Address) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger approved Feuer's microstamping bill and his bill on DUI ticket masking on October 14, 2007, but vetoed several of Feuer's other bills, including those on nursing homes, consumer rebates, and court fees.[20]

City Attorney[edit]

Feuer took office as the 8th Los Angeles City Attorney on July 1, 2013. Since taking Office Feuer has nearly tripled the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program,[21] launched a broad neighborhood school safety initiative,[22] formed a strike force to combat illegal dumping,[23] taken on wage theft,[24] tackled substandard housing,[25] cracked down on patient dumping,[26] closed more than half the City’s unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries,[27] instituted a program to protect immigrants from fraud,[28] and advanced environmental justice.[28]

A leader in preventing gun violence, Feuer created a Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office and has worked aggressively to keep guns out the hands of criminals and children.[29] Feuer has brought charges against parents who did not properly store firearms which later fell into the hands of their children.[30] Working with the LAPD, he created protocols to assure domestic violence perpetrators do not have weapons.[31] In a groundbreaking national effort, Feuer joined with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. to co-found and chair Prosecutors Against Gun Violence—an independent, non-partisan coalition devoted to prosecutorial and policy solutions to the public health and safety crisis of gun violence.[32]

To spearhead justice system reform that reduces recidivism and addresses the root causes of crime, Feuer created the Community Justice Initiative—an array of innovative, neighborhood-based programs addressing quality of life crimes, truancy, prostitution, the needs of homeless veterans and more.[33]

Feuer also has played a leading role in solving key municipal problems, including the history-making settlement of L.A.’s decades-long dispute with the Owens Valley (saving the city millions of dollars and vast quantities of water),[34] and a successful fight for transparency in how ratepayer dollars are spent by DWP trusts.[35][dead link]

In 2013 and 2014, Feuer's office spearheaded the (allegedly) politically motivated pursuit of Scott Hounsell, the then-Executive Directory of the LA County GOP. The LA County District Attorney, acting on a complaint by an underage Jane Doe, conducted an investigation of Hounsell that found no evidence of the alleged explicit sexual contact with a minor, but Feuer's office picked up the case and charged & arrested Hounsell. After months of forensic investigation, no evidence was unearthed and Feuer's office finally dropped charges and halted the investigation. Hounsell, in the interim, resigned his position, lost work and spent thousands defending himself and trying to repair his reputation. Hounsell is currently suing the LACA for defamation, false arrest, malicious prosecution and violation of his 14th Amendment rights[36]

Personal life[edit]

Feuer holds both a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Harvard University, and is married to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer, with two children: Danielle, 20, who is in her junior year at Yale University, and Aaron, who is 22, who graduated from Yale in May 2013.[original research?] Aaron currently is the founder and CEO of Panorama Education.[original research?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ California Manufacturers & Technology Association. "CMTA legislative database: Mike Feuer Assembly District 42, Democrat." Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  2. ^ Article in the LA Times titled "Candidates Spar for Seats of Democratic Legislators" published on May 25, 2006, on page B1, in the California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk section, written by Deborah Schoch. It states: "A former Los Angeles city councilman, Feuer, 48, spent eight years as executive ...", thereby sourcing the 1958 birth year given above.
  3. ^ Times of Israel: "Los Angeles’ Jewish Electoral Sweep" by Pini Herman May 23, 2013
  4. ^ a b A Matter of Integrity by Tugend, Tom. Jewish Journal. May 11, 2001. © 2006-7 The Jewish Journal. All Rights Reserved. Accessed August 17, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i California Assembly Biography Accessed August 17, 2007.
  6. ^ Former Los Angeles City Councilman, Michael Feuer, Joins Morrison & Foerster in Business Wire on Nov 13, 2001 from FindArticles.com -- sources starting date for Bet Tzedek work.
  7. ^ Riordan's Silence in City Attorney Race May Be at End by Fine, Howard. In Los Angeles Business Journal. March 12, 2001.
  8. ^ Open for Business - Los Angeles City Council published in Los Angeles Business Journal on June 25, 2001 from FindArticles.com -- provides date for Feuer's leaving city council.
  9. ^ Official Election Results: June 5, 2001 City of Los Angeles General Municipal & Consolidated Elections. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  10. ^ Villaraigosa and Feuer Take Endorsement Sweepstakes... by Fine, Howard. Los Angeles Business Journal. May 28, 2001. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  11. ^ Feuer goes back to roots to grow his new practice - Law published by the Los Angeles Business Journal on Nov 19, 2001 by Amanda Bronstad from FindArticles.com] -- sources his post-city council work, and loss to Delgadillo.
  12. ^ State Assembly: Feuer, Krekorian, Murray, Eng: Democratic primary endorsements in four crucial districts by The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board. The Los Angeles Times. May 1, 2006. Copyright 2007 Los Angeles Times. Accessed August 17, 2007.
  13. ^ Mike Feuer for 42nd – Exclusive Interview. Gierach, Ryan. WEHONEWS.COM. Accessed on August 17, 2007
  14. ^ Koretz Drops Bomb on Assembly Race by Gierach, Ryan. Feb. 16, 2006. WEHONEWS.COM. Accessed on August 17, 2007
  15. ^ Abbe Land's candidate website. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  16. ^ California Secretary of State. "2006 Primary Results.
  17. ^ District Profile. California Assembly. "ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 42." Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  18. ^ California Secretary of State. November 7, 2006 General Election Results. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  19. ^ Assemblyman Mike Feuer Appointed Chair on Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Transportation. Assembly Member Mike Feuer News Release. December 4, 2006. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  20. ^ Leg Info Search Feuer and 2007-2008.
  21. ^ "L.A. city attorney doubles number of neighborhood prosecutors". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20140908/panorama-city-school-first-in-program-to-clean-up-neighborhoods-around-campuses
  23. ^ Mejia, Brittny (November 6, 2014). "City attorney creates strike force to combat illegal dumping in L.A". Los Angeles Times. 
  24. ^ "L.A. city attorney alleges contractors failed to properly pay workers". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2014. 
  25. ^ Winton, Richard (February 18, 2014). "Residents are moved out of assisted care homes sued for alleged abuse". Los Angeles Times. 
  26. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140827/patient-dumping-allegations-against-glendale-hospital-nets-700000-settlement-with-los-angeles
  27. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20141202/400-los-angeles-marijuana-shops-closed-home-delivery-under-fire
  28. ^ a b http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/LA-Sues-Jesus-Lozano-Allegedly-Giving-Illegal-Immigration-Advice-Scam-290971861.html
  29. ^ Jim Newton (2 November 2014). "Gridlock in Congress? Act locally". LA Times. 
  30. ^ "Mother charged in teen's possession of gun at school". Los Angeles Times. October 15, 2014. 
  31. ^ Christine Devine (10 October 2013). "What LA Is Doing About Gun Violence, Domestic Violence". My Fox LA. 
  32. ^ Joseph Serna (17 September 2014). "Feuer to co-chair new national group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence". LA Times. 
  33. ^ Mike Feuer (11 September 2014). "Justice takes to the streets of L.A.". LA Times. 
  34. ^ "100 years later, the dust settles in the Owens Valley". Los Angeles Times. November 16, 2014. 
  35. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140325/court-rules-in-favor-of-city-controller-ron-galperin-to-audit-department-of-water-and-power-trust
  36. ^ Ashe Schow (4 May 2015). "Lawsuit spells out 'nightmare' for California man accused without evidence". Washington Examiner. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Zev Yaroslavsky
Los Angeles City Councilman, 5th district
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2001
Succeeded by
Jack Weiss
California Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Koretz
California State Assemblyman, 42nd district
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Succeeded by
Brian Nestande
Legal offices
Preceded by
Carmen Trutanich
Los Angeles City Attorney
July 1, 2013 - present
Incumbent