Mike Feuer

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Michael Feuer
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.png
8th Los Angeles City Attorney
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
MayorEric Garcetti
Preceded byCarmen Trutanich
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 42nd district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byPaul Koretz
Succeeded byBrian Nestande
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 5th district
In office
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2001
Preceded byZev Yaroslavsky
Succeeded byJack Weiss
Personal details
Born (1958-05-14) May 14, 1958 (age 61)
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gail Ruderman[1]
Children2
EducationHarvard University (A.B., J.D.)
ProfessionPolitician
Lawyer

Michael Nelson 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 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 non-partisan office, but lost the run-off 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 in a Jewish family[3] in San Bernardino, California. He graduated in 1976 from San Bernardino High School.[4]

Feuer received both a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. 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 defeated 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. He chaired the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee, delivering balanced multibillion-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 defeated in the runoff, with Delgadillo taking 52% to Feuer's 48%.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11][12][13]

Feuer won the general election against Republican Steven Mark Sion with more than 72% of the vote.[14] In 2008 he was reelected, defeating Sion again with more than 76% of the vote.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Assembly Member[edit]

Feuer served as a member of the California State Assembly, 42nd District, from December 4, 2006 - November 30, 2012. He served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee, writing laws on gun violence prevention and public safety, the environment, justice reform, LGBTQ equality, protecting seniors and homeowners, healthcare, transportation and voter registration. These include, among others:

AB 1471: Enacted in 2007, this required that all new handgun models manufactured in California be equipped with “microstamping” technology, which allows law enforcement to match cartridge cases found at a crime scene to the gun’s owner.[15]

AB 2244: Enacted in 2010, this implements and phases-in several provisions of the federal healthcare legislation including prohibiting health plans from denying coverage to children with pre-existing health conditions. It also bans health insurers from selling policies to anyone for five years if they refuse to sell policies for children.[16]

AB 91:  Enacted in 2010 as a pilot program, this aimed to reduce drunk driving by requiring DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices (IID’s) in their cars. [17]

AB 215: Enacted in 2011, this requires nursing homes to post the quality care rating that has been given to them by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This gives families information they can use in deciding how to care for loved ones. [18]

AB 2321: Facilitated Measure R appearing on the ballot in November, 2008, to raise $40-million for transportation projects.[19]

AB 1879: Enacted in 2008 as part of California’s Green Chemistry Program, this gives the California Environmental Protection Agency greater authority to regulate toxins in consumer products. It would accomplish this by convening an advisory panel of scientists to guide research in chemical policy, establishing regulation for assessing alternatives, and setting up a database of research on toxins.[20]

AB 1436: Signed in 2012, this aimed to make it easier to vote in California by allowing voters to register up to and on Election Day. [21]

AB 590: Referred to as the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, this was enacted in 2011 as a pilot program to assure equal justice by providing free legal representation to low-income Californians. It was signed into law as a permanent program in 2016. [22]

AB 1650 (joint author):  The Iran Contracting Act of 2010 prohibits contracts of $1 million or more between the State of California (including cities and counties) and companies with significant business in Iran’s energy sector to ensure that tax dollars do not go to companies whose investments support Iran’s nuclear program. [23]

AB 83: Enacted in 2009, this encourages good Samaritans to intervene in emergencies by protecting them from liability. [24]

AB 392: Enacted in 2009, this ensures vulnerable elders in long-term care facilities and assisted living are afforded protections from abuse and neglect by funding the Long Term Care Ombudsman program which responds to reports of suspected abuse and neglect.[25]

AB 49: Enacted in 2009, this requires a 20% reduction in per capita urban water usage by 2020, and was the basis for Senate Bill SB 7, Statewide Water Conservation Requirements. [26]

AB 2673: Enacted in 2009, this conforms the County Employee Retirement Law of 1937 to provisions of California’s domestic partnership statute. It facilitates domestic partners having the same rights with respect to survivorship benefits as spouses. [27]

AB 641: Enacted in 2012, this ensures that same sex spouses and registered domestic partners are treated equitably when one partner applies for Medi-Cal long-term care.[28]

AJR 29: From 2009, seeks equal federal tax treatment for same sex couples. Promotes tax equality by requesting that the IRS defer to California law on treatment of community property belonging to registered domestic partners and same-sex spouses.[29]

AB 329: Enacted in 2010, the Reverse Mortgage Elder Protection Act protects seniors by giving them more information when considering reverse mortgages, including risks and alternatives to utilizing them. [30]

Los Angeles City Attorney[edit]

Feuer took office as the 8th Los Angeles City Attorney on July 1, 2013. He was re-elected in 2017 without opposition.[31] Since taking Office Feuer has nearly tripled the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program,[32] launched a broad neighborhood school safety initiative,[33] formed a strike force to combat illegal dumping,[34] taken on wage theft,[35] tackled substandard housing,[36] cracked down on homless patient dumping,[37] closed more than half the City's unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries,[38] instituted a program to protect immigrants from fraud,[39] advanced environmental justice[39] and, in the wake of the Parkland shooting, created the Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety to evaluate and recommend ways to enhance efforts by Los Angeles Unified School District to keep students safe from violence, particularly gun violence, both in schools and surrounding neighborhoods.[40]

In April 2018 Feuer won a major court victory against the Trump administration winning an injunction against the Federal Government they can't tie funding immigration considerations.[41]

In 2017, the American Bar Association Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division awarded the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office with the Hodson Award, which recognizes sustained outstanding performance or specific and extraordinary service by a government or public sector law office.[42]

Feuer's work to protect consumers caught national attention as he was the first governmental entity to go after Wells Fargo for opening unauthorized accounts. His litigation resulted in a national settlement with Wells Fargo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Comptroller of the Currency.[43] He has also sued the Weather Channel App over data privacy concerns,[44] vape companies alleging that they target children[45] and H&R Block and Intuit, the makers of Turbo Tax, alleging the companies defrauded low-income taxpayers and charged them for a service that the companies are required by law to provide for free.[46]

To prevent gun violence, Feuer created the Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office and has worked to keep guns out the hands of criminals and children.[47] Feuer has brought charges against parents who did not properly store firearms which later fell into the hands of their children.[48] Working with the LAPD, he created protocols to assure domestic violence perpetrators do not have weapons.[49] He has also advocated for the use of gun violence restraining orders, leading educational trainings after the law passed in California in 2016.[50]   In a 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.[51]

To reform the justice system and help reduce 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.[52]

Feuer also has played a role in solving municipal problems, including the settlement of L.A.'s decades-long dispute with the Owens Valley (saving the city millions of dollars and vast quantities of water),[53] and a successful fight for transparency in how ratepayer dollars are spent by DWP trusts.[54]

Prosecution of Black activists[edit]

Feuer's office has filed charges against numerous prominent Black activists after their arrests during Los Angeles Police Commission meetings. These include Los Angeles' only homeless elected official "General" Jeff Page,[55][56] Black Lives Matter Los Angeles co-founder and Cal State LA professor Melina Abdullah,[57] and longtime civil and human rights activist and labor organizer Greg Akili.[58] Akili, a member of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles’ Action Committee and a cofounder of the United Domestic Workers Union,[59] filed a $4 million lawsuit in 2017 against the City of Los Angeles, the LAPD, and others regarding his arrest at a 2016 Commission meeting and subsequent prosecution.[60] Akili called his trial, in which he was found guilty of resisting arrest but the misdemeanor battery charge against him was dismissed after a jury with no Black members deadlocked, "an effort to silence Black Lives Matter",[58] and said Feuer could have avoided the "political trial" by dropping the charges against him.[58] Akili's attorney, Dermot Givens, said the battery charge against Akili was dropped because Feuer "didn’t coordinate the lies good enough." [59]

Personal life[edit]

Feuer holds both a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Harvard University, and has been married to California Court of Appeal Justice Gail Ruderman Feuer for over 34 years,[61] [62]with two children: Danielle and Aaron.

References[edit]

Notes[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 California Assembly Biography Archived 2007-02-23 at the Wayback Machine 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 Archived 2006-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Open for Business - Los Angeles City Council 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[permanent dead link] City of Los Angeles General Municipal & Consolidated Elections. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Mike Feuer for 42nd – Exclusive Interview Archived 2007-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Koretz Drops Bomb on Assembly Race Archived 2007-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ California Secretary of State: November 7, 2006 General Election Results Archived June 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
  15. ^ "AB 1471 - Crime Gun Identification Act of 2007". Vote Smart.
  16. ^ "Our View: Kids' health care essential". Pasadena Star-News. February 26, 2011.
  17. ^ Behrens, Zack (December 28, 2009). "New Driver Laws for Drivers in 2010: Drunk Driving Devices, Bicycles & TVs in Cars". LAist.
  18. ^ "New State Law Calls for Nursing Homes To Post CMS Five-Star Ratings". California Healthline. October 16, 2009.
  19. ^ "Assemblymember Mike Feuer's AB 2321 Paves the Way for $40 Billion L.A. Sales Tax-Measure R". The Planning Report. September 29, 2008.
  20. ^ Quirk, Bill (February 12, 2019). "Is California Protecting Consumers From Toxic Chemicals in Products?". Assemblymember Bill Quirk.
  21. ^ "Gov. Brown Signs Bill For Same-Day Voter Registration". CBS Los Angeles. September 24, 2012.
  22. ^ Gordon, Erin (February 1, 2018). "Advocates promote a right to counsel in civil cases, too". ABA Journal.
  23. ^ Yebri, Sam (October 1, 2010). "Iran Contracting Act of 2010 (AB 1650)". Jewish Journal.
  24. ^ "Unpunishing Good Deeds". Los Angeles Times. March 4, 2009.
  25. ^ "Governor Signs AB 392 to Fund Ombudsman Programs". California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. August 6, 2009.
  26. ^ http://www.ecovote.org/bill/water-conservation-essential-first-step. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ Astacaan, Eric. "RECENTLY ENACTED STATUTORY LAWS THAT HELP ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF EQUALITY FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) CALIFORNIANS (1999 – 2013)" (PDF). California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus.
  28. ^ "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on AB 641" (PDF). National Center for Lesbian Rights. June 13, 2012.
  29. ^ Astacaan, Eric. "RECENTLY ENACTED STATUTORY LAWS THAT HELP ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF EQUALITY FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) CALIFORNIANS (1999 – 2013)" (PDF). California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus.
  30. ^ Lifsher, Marc (October 13, 2009). "Governor OKs mortgage bills". Los Angeles Times.
  31. ^ Zahniser, David (December 7, 2016). [L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer heads to March election with no opponent; charter school founder drops mayoral bid "L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer heads to March election with no opponent; charter school founder drops mayoral bid"] Check |url= value (help). Los Angeles Times.
  32. ^ "L.A. city attorney doubles number of neighborhood prosecutors". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 2014.
  33. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20140908/panorama-city-school-first-in-program-to-clean-up-neighborhoods-around-campuses
  34. ^ Mejia, Brittny (November 6, 2014). "City attorney creates strike force to combat illegal dumping in L.A". Los Angeles Times.
  35. ^ "L.A. city attorney alleges contractors failed to properly pay workers". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2014.
  36. ^ Winton, Richard (February 18, 2014). "Residents are moved out of assisted care homes sued for alleged abuse". Los Angeles Times.
  37. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140827/patient-dumping-allegations-against-glendale-hospital-nets-700000-settlement-with-los-angeles
  38. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20141202/400-los-angeles-marijuana-shops-closed-home-delivery-under-fire
  39. ^ a b http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/LA-Sues-Jesus-Lozano-Allegedly-Giving-Illegal-Immigration-Advice-Scam-290971861.html
  40. ^ Blume, Howard (March 5, 2018). "LA Times". Los Angeles Times.
  41. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/us/justice-department-police-immigration-california.html
  42. ^ "Los Angeles City Attorney's Office awarded for outstanding performance by a public sector law office". Beverly Press. September 11, 2017.
  43. ^ http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/15/investing/wells-fargo-city-attorney-cfpb/index.html
  44. ^ Valentino-DeVries, Singer, Jennifer, Natasha (January 3, 2019). "Los Angeles Accuses Weather Channel App of Covertly Mining User Data". NY Times.
  45. ^ Panzar, Javier (October 31, 2018). "L.A. city attorney accuses e-cigarette companies of illegally selling and marketing to minors". LA Times.
  46. ^ Blankstein, Thompson, Andrew, Anne (May 6, 2019). "Los Angeles city attorney sues H&R Block and maker of TurboTax for allegedly misleading low-income taxpayers". NBC News. Archived from the original on May 6, 2019.
  47. ^ Jim Newton (2 November 2014). "Gridlock in Congress? Act locally". LA Times.
  48. ^ "Mother charged in teen's possession of gun at school". Los Angeles Times. October 15, 2014.
  49. ^ Christine Devine (10 October 2013). "What LA Is Doing About Gun Violence, Domestic Violence". My Fox LA. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015.
  50. ^ Gerber, Marisa (September 19, 2018). "A landmark 2016 law praised as an 'unbelievably powerful tool' against gun violence remains scarcely used". LA Times.
  51. ^ Joseph Serna (17 September 2014). "Feuer to co-chair new national group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence". LA Times.
  52. ^ Mike Feuer (11 September 2014). "Justice takes to the streets of L.A." LA Times.
  53. ^ "100 years later, the dust settles in the Owens Valley". Los Angeles Times. November 16, 2014.
  54. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140325/court-rules-in-favor-of-city-controller-ron-galperin-to-audit-department-of-water-and-power-trust[permanent dead link]
  55. ^ "Skid Row's General Jeff Profiled By CNN". Curbed. January 7, 2010.
  56. ^ http://www.jasmyneacannick.com/opening-statements-to-begin-in-najee-ali-assault-trial/
  57. ^ "Arraignment Delayed for Woman Charged in Alleged Attack on Ex-Police Chief". My News LA. August 31, 2018.
  58. ^ a b c "Prominent Civil and Human Rights Activist Sues L.A. and LAPD for False Arrest". LA Sentinel. May 11, 2017.
  59. ^ a b "Activist Sues Over Arrest At Police Commission Meeting". Los Angeles Wave. May 11, 2017.
  60. ^ "Black Lives Matter Activist Sues City Over Alleged False Arrest". LA Weekly. May 10, 2017.
  61. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1983/08/15/style/gail-b-ruderman-marries-michael-nelson-feuer.html
  62. ^ https://www.courts.ca.gov/41215.htm
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