MICHAEL NELSON "MIKE" FEUER (born May 14, 1958) 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
Feuer served as a member of the
Los Angeles City Council
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
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.
* 1 Before Politics
* 2 City Council
* 3 First run for City Attorney and after
* 4 Race for Assembly
* 5 Assembly Member
* 6 City Attorney
* 7 Personal life
* 8 References
* 8.1 Notes
Feuer was born and raised to a Jewish family in San Bernardino,
California . Feuer's first electoral victory came in fourth grade when
he was elected class president at Parkside Elementary School, a
racially-mixed public school. He graduated in 1976 from San Bernardino
Feuer received both a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta
Kappa ) and a law degree (cum laude) from
Harvard University . 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 .
Feuer served as executive director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services - The
House of Justice. 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. 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.
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 was elected over Barbara Yaroslavsky , the
outgoing councilmember's wife. While on the Council, Feuer led
committees on business tax reform, children’s and seniors’ issues,
and ethics in government. He wrote ordinances and created new
programs to combat gun violence, expand decent, affordable housing,
protect seniors from elder abuse , advance the rights of women and
girls, enhance environmental quality, improve emergency services and
public safety, promote better race relations, and reform City
government. Feuer 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. Feuer reached the
two-term limit for his city council seat in 2001, and ran for city
FIRST RUN FOR CITY ATTORNEY AND AFTER
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%. 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
National Public Radio member KPCC .
RACE FOR ASSEMBLY
In 2006, Feuer defeated
West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land and three
others in the Democratic primary for the 42nd Assembly District seat.
Feuer won the general election against Republican Steven Mark Sion
with more than 72% of the vote. In 2008 he was reelected, defeating
Sion again with more than 76% of the vote. 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.
Feuer served as the Majority Policy Leader of the
and Chair of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee, writing many public
safety, children's health, transportation, consumer protection and
environmental laws. He also served as chairman of Budget Subcommittee
No. 5, dealing with information technology and transportation. He
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California Manufacturers 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.
* ^ Times of Israel: "Los Angeles’ Jewish Electoral Sweep" by
Pini Herman May 23, 2013
* ^ 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.
* ^ A B C D E F G H I
California Assembly Biography Archived
2007-02-23 at the
Wayback Machine . Accessed August 17, 2007.
* ^ Former Los Angeles City Councilman, Michael Feuer, Joins
Morrison "> in Business Wire on Nov 13, 2001 from FindArticles.com --
sources starting date for Bet Tzedek work.
* ^ Riordan\'s Silence in City Attorney Race May Be at End Archived
2006-08-19 at the
Wayback Machine . by Fine, Howard. In Los Angeles
Business Journal . March 12, 2001.
* ^ Open for Business -
Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles City Council published in Los
Angeles Business Journal on June 25, 2001 from FindArticles.com --
provides date for Feuer's leaving city council.
* ^ Official Election Results: June 5, 2001 City of Los Angeles
General Municipal "> 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.
* ^ 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. Copyright
2007 Los Angeles Times. Accessed August 17, 2007.
Mike Feuer for 42nd – Exclusive Interview Archived 2007-06-13
Wayback Machine .. Gierach, Ryan. WEHONEWS.COM. Accessed on
August 17, 2007
* ^ Koretz Drops Bomb on Assembly Race Archived 2007-07-09 at the
Wayback Machine . by Gierach, Ryan. Feb. 16, 2006. WEHONEWS.COM.
Accessed on August 17, 2007
California Secretary of State. November 7, 2006 General
Election Results Archived June 11, 2007, at the
Wayback Machine ..
Accessed on August 17, 2007.
* ^ Assemblyman
Mike Feuer Appointed Chair on Budget Subcommittee
No. 5 on Transportation. Assembly Member
Mike Feuer News Release.
December 4, 2006. Accessed on August 17, 2007.
* ^ Leg Info Search Feuer and 2007-2008.
* ^ "L.A. city attorney doubles number of neighborhood
prosecutors". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 2014.
* ^ Mejia, Brittny (November 6, 2014). "City attorney creates
strike force to combat illegal dumping in L.A". Los Angeles Times.
* ^ "L.A. city attorney alleges contractors failed to properly pay
workers". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2014.
* ^ Winton, Richard (February 18, 2014). "Residents are moved out
of assisted care homes sued for alleged abuse". Los Angeles Times.
* ^ A B
* ^ Jim Newton (2 November 2014). "Gridlock in Congress? Act
locally". LA Times.
* ^ "Mother charged in teen\'s possession of gun at school". Los
Angeles Times. October 15, 2014.
* ^ 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.
* ^ Joseph Serna (17 September 2014). "Feuer to co-chair new
national group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence". LA Times.
Mike Feuer (11 September 2014). "Justice takes to the streets
of L.A.". LA Times.
* ^ "100 years later, the dust settles in the Owens Valley". Los
Angeles Times. November 16, 2014.
Zev Yaroslavsky LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCILMAN , 5TH DISTRICT
July 1, 1994 – July 1, 2001 Succeeded by
Paul Koretz CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLYMAN , 42ND DISTRICT
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012 Succeeded by
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