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STUMPED: Meet City Attorney Hopeful Mike Feuer
The latest in our series of user-friendly profiles on the local candidates running for office
On background: Feuer has not one but two Ivy League degrees. He earned a Bachelor’s from Harvard College and a Law degree from Harvard Law School. He started out as a judicial clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin before going on to work in two well-known, national firms, and also taught at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs. In terms of his civic duty, Feuer served six years on the Los Angeles City Council and is currently representing the 42nd Assembly District as a member of the California State Assembly. During his first term in Assembly, he introduced over 20 bills with causes ranging from nursing home safety to DUI ticket masking to gun safety.
Current platform: Feuer says his main focus as City Attorney would be keeping LA safe. If elected, he’ll prioritize diminishing gun violence, gun control, and gang activity, as well as creating educational programs to help keep children off of the streets.
Campaign slogan: “Honest Leadership For a Change.”
In his corner: The Los Angeles Times, Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, Sierra Club, Laborers’ International Union, Amalgamated Transit Union, United Steelworkers, Mexican American Bar Association, Latin American Law Enforcement Association, and Magic Johnson.
As the City Attorney, it would be your job to represent the government of Los Angeles. Which legal case from L.A. history do you find most inspiring?
Mendez v. Westminster, a 1946 case tried in a Los Angeles courtroom, challenged the constitutionality of racially segregated schools in Orange County. A precursor to the groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the Mendez decision held that “separate but equal” schools were unconstitutional because they denied Mexican-American children equal protection of the laws. The legacy of Mendez—that a ‘paramount requisite in the American system of public education is social equality’—has inspired scores of judicial opinions and generations of advocates. As a pro bono lawyer, I was proud to help secure more equal learning conditions for low-income children of color in the landmark case of Williams v. California nearly 50 years after Mendez.