Office Seeking: LA City Attorney
General Election: November 8, 2022
I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved to the mainland at 17 to study, first at Swarthmore College and then Columbia University School of Law. I moved to Los Angeles right after graduation, and Los Angeles has been my home for the last 40 years.
As LA’s City Attorney, I will be prepared to lead on day one. With decades of experience leading and managing other attorneys, facilitating multi-billion-dollar transactions (larger than the annual budget of Los Angeles) and solving complex legal issues, I will bring new energy, new ideas, and a renewed focus on problem solving – not politics – to the City Attorney’s office.
I spent my career overcoming institutional hurdles to become one of the country’s most respected attorneys, known for a no-nonsense and can-do approach to finding innovative solutions to difficult problems.
As a community leader, I spent years informing and protecting our communities and neighborhoods and serving on my Neighborhood Council. I have used my legal expertise to empower residents to have a voice on issues that impact our communities.
I am ready to put those skills to work for the people of LA as your City Attorney, to root out corruption and break through the gridlock at city hall. I am running to bring real positive change on the issues that most affect our daily lives – the safety of our streets and neighborhoods, homelessness, unaffordable housing, and more.
A well-run city does not shrug at corruption, scandal, and inaction like that which has plagued our City Hall. A world-class city doesn’t struggle for decades to provide basic city services to alleviate congestion or build needed housing. A functioning city has clean air and water, working infrastructure, regular sanitation, quality public education, quality affordable or public healthcare and other services, and a responsive government.
A moral city does not stand by while unhoused and mentally distressed residents die on its streets, and residents feel unsafe on those streets or in their homes. A diverse and inclusive city does not tolerate violence against women and seniors, nor anti-semitism or hate crimes against African Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQ+ residents — or any group of residents. A livable and sustainable city does not have leaky pipes and wells, regular effluence and sewage spills, explosions of transponders or fireworks, or the highest greenhouse gas emissions around.
I am running for City Attorney because it is time for new leadership and new energy at City Hall. Now more than ever, we need a problem solver – not a politician or city hall insider – to break through the gridlock, put ideas into action, and clean up City Hall.