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City Attorney's Office
Municipal Law

The Municipal Law Division drafts local laws and defends lawsuits about them. It provides a broad range of advisory and transactional services for the City and represents the City in civil cases involving planning and land use, housing, environmental issues and contract and business disputes.

If you have a question about planning and zoning, contact Planning and Community Development at (310) 458-8341. For information about Business Licenses, call (310) 458-8745.











Legal staff

Yibin Shen, Chief Deputy, Municipal and Code Enforcement Divisions

Isabel Birrueta, Deputy City Attorney

Michael Cobden, Deputy City Attorney

Ivan Campbell, Deputy City Attorney
Susan Cola, Deputy City Attorney
Eriko Matsumoto,  Deputy City Attorney
Heidi von Tongeln, Deputy City Attorney
Brandon Ward, Deputy City Attorney
Meishya Yang, Deputy City Attorney

Rebecca Katsura, Public Records Coordinator



Helpful links

Municipal Code: the City Charter and Municipal Ordinances

California Legislative Information: allows one to review and track California legislation and search current law.

California Resources Agency: information on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

California Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the State.

Fair Political Practices Commission: information on election and conflict of interest issues.

California Codes Annotated: searchable database containing all California statutes.


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