Public Safety & Employment Services Section
The Public Safety section does advisory work for the Police Department, Fire-Rescue Department, Office of Homeland Security, Family Justice Center, and the Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. Work includes drafting ordinances and resolutions, responding to records requests, appearing at administrative hearings, drafting and reviewing policies and procedures, appearing in court on motions, updating and advising on case law and statutes, advising on the Brown Act, and interacting with other government agencies on regional issues such as emergency disaster preparedness.
Professional Development Program – The City Attorney's Office has a team that is dedicated to the professional development of the attorneys and support staff. The team coordinates training, including continuing education as required by the California State Bar. Practice groups meet regularly and act as a resource for other attorneys on a variety of topics, such as contracts, land use, personal injury, employment law, and the California Public Records Act.
The Employment Services section provides legal support and advice to all city departments on issues pertaining to labor relations, employment matters, benefits and issues between the City and its employees. This section prepares legislative documents regarding labor issues, staffs various commissions and boards, advises on retirement and assists in litigation matters that arise related to unfair labor practices filed against the City. They meet and confer with all 5 Employee Association representatives and ensure compliance with all federal, state and local employment laws, including ADA, EEO, FLSA, FMLA, FEHA and Title VII. This section handles all workplace violence TRO's and manages disciplinary actions in the workplace. The attorneys in this section also advise the Corporate Sponsorship Program and Lifeguard Service on all issues. Additional work includes the draft and review of contracts generated by represented City departments and assist on Public Records Act requests.