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City Attorney

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Russell Miyahira - City Attorney


The City Attorney’s Office consists of two basic Divisions – the Municipal/Civil Law Division and the Criminal Prosecution Division.

Municipal/Civil Law Division

This Division consists of three attorneys, the City Attorney and two Assistant City Attorneys, -an assistant General Councel and a civil litigator. This Division handles or oversees all municipal, civil and redevelopment legal matters for the City and Redevelopment Agency. It represents and directly advises the City Council. the Community Redevelopment Agency, the Housing Authority, the Parking Authority and all City Commissions and Boards, such as the Planning Commission and Civil Service Commission. It also provides advise to City department heads, officers and employees on matters of law pertaining to their duties and responsibilities.

This Division researches and renders legal opinions on the myriad of legal matters pertaining to the City and its various agencies. It prepares and reviews ordinances, resolutions, motions, special public notices, special agenda items, professional services contracts, airport-related contracts, leases, negotiating agreements, development agreements, owner participation agreements, disposition and development agreements, assignment agreements, indemnification agreements, insurance agreements and special easement agreements.

This Division also oversees all of the City’s litigation, including police-related civil rights actions, constitutional law challenges, negligence actions, dangerous conditions of public property cases, administrative proceedings as well as all of the Redevelopment Agency’s litigation. It reviews pleadings and briefs pertaining to litigation matters. It directly handles pretrial discovery and analyses of evidence and points of law. It handles the claims management for the City and prepares the legal analysis for the claims memoranda to the City Council.

This Division also consists of the Public Risk Manager. The Public Risk Manager assists the City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney in claims management for the City, interviews witness, investigates claims, and prepares reports to the City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney. The Public Risk Manager handles risk management functions for the City, assists the City Attorney in overseeing workers compensation, and acts as the day-to-day liaison with the City’s workers compensation third party administrator.

Criminal Prosecution Division

The Criminal Prosecution Division prosecutes all misdemeanor violations occurring in the City of Hawthorne. The prosecutors are dedicated to enforcing all State, county and city misdemeanor laws in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Southwest District at Inglewood Courthouse Branch. The Prosecution Department handles cases generated by numerous law enforcement agencies including, Hawthorne Police Department, California highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Health Department, California State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Hawthorne Code Enforcement, Hawthorne Animal Regulations and various police agencies in the South Bay area.

This Division, through community-based prosecution, vigorously prosecutes domestic violence laws, driving under the influence laws, child endangerment laws, housing code violations, illegal gang activities, prostitution, drug abatement laws, theft related crimes, and Hawthorne Municipal Code violations.

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