Jun 272017
 

Carl’s Jr. Underpays Employees

 

CITY OF LOS ANGELES SEEKS $1.45 MILLION IN RESTITUTION, PENALTIES FROM CARL’S Jr. RESTAURANTS FOR ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO PAY L.A. WORKERS MINIMUM WAGE

City Attorney Mike Feuer and City’s Office of Wage Standards Join to Protect Workers

 

City Attorney Mike Feuer and the City’s Office of Wage Standards announced that the City has taken action against Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC, demanding the company pay $1.45 million in restitution and penalties for repeatedly failing to pay dozens of workers at multiple Los Angeles locations the City’s minimum wage.

“L.A. law is clear: employees must be paid at least the minimum wage. Anything less is a slap in the face to workers struggling to make ends meet. This is a major corporation that should know the rules,” said Feuer. “Our offices will always aggressively stand up for workers to ensure they get the wages they’re owed, and all the protections and benefits the law demands.”

“The minimum wage is a legally established threshold below which employers may not venture to pay their workers,” said John Reamer, Inspector of Public Works and head of the Bureau of Contract Administration. “The minimum wage was established to ensure economic equity and opportunity, and the Office of Wage Standards will continue to partner with the City Attorney to regulate and enforce compliance with the law.”

Following a report from a Carl’s Jr. employee, L.A.’s Office of Wage Standards (OWS) (in the Bureau of Contract Administration) launched an investigation in coordination with the City Attorney’s Office. As a result of the investigation into the company’s financial records, it is alleged that Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC failed to pay 37 employees the Los Angeles minimum wage of $10.50 per hour from July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. In addition, the City cited the company for allegedly failing to post the notice of the current minimum wage rate, sick time benefits and employee rights required under the City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance at two Los Angeles locations.

The City is demanding the company pay $910,010 in penalties to the 37 employees identified by OWS investigators no later than July 24, 2017. (The funds are to be delivered to and distributed by the OWS to impacted employees.) The City is seeking an additional $541,423 in penalties and fines for allegedly: violating the City’s minimum wage law, failing to post the required notice and failing to provide investigators access to interview employees at two locations.

Failure to make payments could result in a civil action. Additionally, a lien could be placed against any property owned or operated by an employer who fails to pay wages, penalties, and administrative fines calculated by the City Attorney’s Office.

Deputy City Attorney Alexander Freedman and Dania Minassian are assigned to the matter.

 

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Apr 012017
 

L.A. City Attorney Denied LAX Clearance

 

US CUSTOMS DENIES LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO SECURE AREAS AT LAX

FEUER APPEALS DENIAL

After being denied access in January to secure areas at Los Angeles World Airport where dozens of immigrants were unlawfully detained, City Attorney Mike Feuer applied for a security clearance provided to other law enforcement officials. This week, federal officials denied Feuer’s application. Feuer is appealing the decision.

“When the City Attorney of the nation’s second largest city cannot gain access to all areas of the airport located in his jurisdiction, something is terribly wrong,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “I went to LAX in January because I wanted to secure the release of the detainees. I also wanted very direct answers to basic questions. A security clearance would have provided me with access to the detainees so I could have assessed their situation and well-being.”

Feur’s appeal LINK.
US Customs letter LINK.

Visit the links above! Read the details for yourself. By all appearances, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer was illegally denied security clearance. It is troubling. Could it be a sign of things to come? The US Customs And Border Protection refusal to grant Mike Feuer full access to all areas of LAX is strangely reminiscent of martial law which strips power from ALL members and branches of government in favor of one. If Los Angeles City Attorney (a person in position of authority and a member of L.A. government!) is prevented from doing his job by US Customs And Border Protection what’s in store for the rest of us? McCarthyism? Driving restrictions?

Fight Mr. Feuer: Los Angeles belongs to us! No on travel bans. No on ICE representing itself as LAPD. No arrests in Los Angeles courthouses.

 

 

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Feb 192017
 

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer opposes the travel ban

CITY OF LOS ANGELES JOINS AMICUS BRIEF
AGAINST TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that the City of Los Angeles has joined a coalition of local municipalities opposed to President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, commonly known as the travel ban. The City joined with New York and jurisdictions across the nation in an amicus brief in Darweesh v. Trump, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York.

“Los Angeles continues to be at the forefront in the battle to uphold the basic constitutional values that protect all our residents,” said Feuer. “I’m proud our office is standing up for fundamental rights with this broad coalition of cities. We offer a unique and significant perspective in support of the Court’s injunction.”

“Los Angeles is at the forefront of a movement to defend American values and support immigrant communities,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I thank City Attorney Feuer for his leadership, and stand committed to doing everything in my power to make sure that all Angelenos’ rights are respected and upheld.”

“We are standing up to protect the intrinsic value of all people against an unconstitutional executive order fueled by ignorance and intolerance,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

“If the Administration issues a new order, we must be vigilant in assuring it’s lawful–and fight it again if it’s not,” added Feuer. “In the meantime, it is imperative that injunctions blocking the current ban remain in effect”

Prompted by reports that visa and green card holders were detained or denied entry at LAX, Feuer sought to intervene with federal officials at LAX the night of January 28. When Feuer’s efforts were rebuffed by these officials, Feuer sent this letter to top federal authorities seeking answers regarding the unlawful treatment of legal immigrants at LAX. When reports indicated LAX detainees suffered deplorable conditions -–for example, receiving little or no food or water for hours—Feuer submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal government this week.

 

 

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Jan 192017
 
Police Officer Convicted Of Inappropriate Conduct With A Minor

The picture features LAPD Metro Cadets. None of the individuals shown were involved in the case.

CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER SECURES CONVICTION AGAINST LAPD OFFICER FOR INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT WITH TEENAGE CADET

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that this afternoon his office secured a conviction in a jury trial involving an LAPD Officer accused of inappropriately interacting with a female teenage cadet under his supervision.

“This was an egregious breach of trust by an LAPD officer responsible for supervising student cadets,” said Feuer. “It is essential to hold the officer accountable for taking advantage of his position to victimize a minor. Our cadets commit to public service. They deserve our respect–and our protection.”

Abel Montes De Orca, 32, was convicted of distribution of harmful matter and illegal destruction of documents or digital images following a five day jury trial. The defendant could face up to one year and six months in jail and mandatory sex offender registration. The judge remanded Montes De Orca into custody and set bail at $100,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2017 in Department 105.

In September 2015, Officer De Orca met the 16 year-old female victim in the case while she was enrolled as a cadet in the LAPD’s Youth Service Officer Program. Through October 2015, defendant De Orca allegedly pursued an inappropriate relationship via text messages and other social media. Many of the text messages were allegedly sexually explicit in nature.

When the relationship was disclosed, the defendant allegedly attempted to delete photos and messages from his phone and personal computer and also advised the victim to delete any evidence of their communication. All devices were seized during the execution of a search warrant and the case was referred to the City Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Deputy City Attorney Lara Drino of the City Attorney’s Family Violence Section successfully prosecuted the case.

 

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Dec 212016
 

L.A. City Attorney Won’t Tolerate Criminal Gang Activity

CITY ATTORNEY TAKES ON CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY AT SOUTH LOS ANGELES STRIP MALL

Hyde Park Shopping Center Allegedly the Epicenter for Drugs, Guns, Assaults, Shootings

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office is taking action against the owner of a South Los Angeles strip mall, and also one of the business owners, in order to curb blatant criminal activity by the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips. Crimes at the location have increased in number and intensity including last year’s brutal gang homicide of a 19-year old who made the fatal mistake of wearing the wrong colored shoes.

“For too long, residents and business patrons of this community have been held hostage by the rampant gang activity we allege at this shopping center,” said Feuer. “Enough is enough. My office will continue to fight to rid our neighborhoods of illegal guns, drugs and gang conduct that have a devastating impact on our communities.”

The lawsuit names Diamond Property Management, Inc., the owner of a strip mall in the South LA neighborhood of Hyde Park, as well as Mohammad Mansour, the owner of African Tobacco, a tenant business. The property includes a car wash, associated auto businesses, a tobacco shop/convenience store, and a burger stand located at 3312 W. Florence Avenue, near Crenshaw Avenue, and within one mile of four schools, three parks and three churches.

Law enforcement officers have responded to an escalating series of crimes at the property including drive-by shootings, robberies, batteries, and assaults. In the spring of 2015 a teenage boy at the car wash with his mother was confronted and fatally shot multiple times by gang members for allegedly wearing the wrong color shoes. Recent criminal activity includes:

  • In May 2016, LAPD Officers recovered a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun from a backpack near the tobacco shop. One week later, two alleged members of the Rollin’ 60s Crips were arrested after recovering a fully loaded .357 Smith & Wesson revolver from a paper bag near the burger stand.
  • In August 2016, Narcotics Enforcement Officers arrested three individuals, including a documented member of the Rollin’ 60s Crips, after selling crack cocaine to a law enforcement informant at the property.
  • On Thanksgiving Day 2016, one of the property’s business owners was assaulted in the parking lot of the property resulting in his tooth being knocked out.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting gang and criminal activity on the property, physical and managerial improvements to the property including: an internet-connected video monitoring system covering all public areas at the property; improved lighting; secure gating and fencing; improved tenant screening and lease enforcement procedures including earlier closure times for businesses; and armed, licensed security guards.

Since July, 2013, City Attorney Feuer’s Federal and Local Special Abatement Operations Unit has filed 45 actions similar to these and obtained 56 injunctions requiring comprehensive physical and managerial improvements to nuisance properties. In this same time period, the office has also successfully secured the closure of six gang/narcotics locations and recovered over $400,000 in costs and fees.

Feuer also recently established an easy-to-use online method through which residents may report properties with gang and / or narcotics activity in their neighborhoods. He’s asking residents to report these properties by calling his office at (213) 978-8340 or visiting the City Attorney’s website: www.lacityattorney.org. All reports may be made anonymously.

 

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Dec 132016
 

CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER TAKES ACTION TO FREE VALLEY NEIGHBORHOODS FROM NOTORIOUS WHITE SUPREMACIST GANG

CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER TAKES ACTION TO FREE VALLEY NEIGHBORHOODS FROM NOTORIOUS WHITE SUPREMACIST GANG

Two Canoga Park and One Granada Hills Homes Sites of White Supremacist Gang Activity, Rampant Drug Sales and Illegal Gun Sales

 

In a sustained effort to rid the city of gang and crime infested properties, City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has taken a series of actions against the property owners and resident gang members and associates of the notorious San Fernando Valley (SFV) Peckerwoods gang, a white supremacist criminal street gang, at three separate single family residences, two in Canoga Park and one in Granada Hills.

All three homes are alleged bases of operations for members of the SFV Peckerwoods, and have been the sites of rampant criminal activity, including illegal gun and drug sales, as well as places to make pipe bombs, store stolen property, and recruit and train associates in counterfeit and identity theft. One was informally abated and two are the subjects of lawsuits.

“We’re fighting to prevent white supremacist gangs from threatening our neighborhoods with their toxic brew of violence, crime and hate,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “My office will continue to take every step we can to combat them–and all that they stand for.”

“These properties are near schools and libraries and we need to do everything in our power to make sure that our children are safe and grow up in a Los Angeles that empowers tolerance and equality,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. “I commend City Attorney Feuer for taking action against this gang that has been engaged in criminal activity and peddling hate in our communities.”

“This group not only represents a significant public safety threat to our local communities, but also represents an assault on our values of tolerance and equity here in the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. “I want to thank City Attorney Feuer’s office for their commitment to eradicating this notorious white supremacist gang from our communities.”

“The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to eradicating these “dens” of criminal activity from the San Fernando Valley,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Robert Green. “Residents can sleep easier knowing our city entities are collaborating to ensure criminal elements are being barred from our residential neighborhoods. This action also underscore’s both the City Attorney’s office and the LAPD’s commitment to weeding out groups that profess hate.”

The City Attorney has filed an abatement lawsuit against Johnny Reed, a member of the SFV Peckerwoods gang and a shot caller for the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, who resides at the single-family residence at 16440 Index Street in Granada Hills. Also named as defendants are Monica Lewis, the owner of the property, as well as her two adult sons, Norman and Robert Lewis. The property is located within 1,000 feet of John. F. Kennedy High School and Jane Addams High School and has a reputation in the community and among law enforcement as an alleged hub for white supremacist gang members and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin.
Documented criminal activity at the property this year includes:

  • In June, a member of the SFV Peckerwoods was arrested at the property on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle. Officers also recovered methamphetamine, credit cards, two California identification cards and a social security card, none of which were in the suspect’s name.
  • In September, law enforcement officers arrested two individuals at the property for burglary. One arrestee was allegedly a member of the SFV Peckerwoods residing at the property and the other was a member of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, a white supremacist organization.
  • In October, law enforcement officers recovered heroin and methamphetamine from the property during an arrest of Defendant Johnny Reed and Robert Lewis for narcotics sales. Norman Lewis was also arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm.

The City Attorney also filed a lawsuit against Erik Cutshaw, a known associate of the SFV Peckerwoods gang, who resides at the single-family residence at 7244 Loma Verde Avenue in Canoga Park. Also named as a defendant is his brother, Kenneth Cutshaw, the owner of the property. This property is 500 feet away from the Canoga Park Branch Library.

Erik Cutshaw has been arrested at least three times since 2012 in connection with criminal activity at the property. In November 2016, Defendant Erik Cutshaw was arrested by LAPD and ATF officers for illegal sales of narcotics and illegal sales of a 9 mm handgun, magazines, and ammunition during an undercover operation. Officers recovered 36 stolen automotive radiators stored onsite.

Another location, 7756 Farralone in Canoga Park was informally abated by the City Attorney after Erik Cutshaw was arrested for allegedly planting a pipe bomb under a vehicle parked outside the property, a residence of a rival gang member. The bomb exploded at that location, which is directly across the street from Columbus Middle School. The City Attorney has successfully worked to cease the gang and nuisance activity at the 7756 Farralone property and it is not the subject of any of the lawsuits. All occupants have been evicted, and the property is currently listed for sale.

The filed lawsuits involving the 16440 Index property in Granada Hills and the 7244 Loma Verde property in Canoga Park seek an injunction prohibiting gang and criminal activity on each property, removal of any fortifications and structures that inhibit the service of search warrants, and prohibiting the installation of surveillance cameras, among other safety provisions. The injunctions will also prohibit any members or known associates of the San Fernando Valley Peckerwoods, or any other criminal gang, from accessing the properties at any time.

Feuer also recently established an easy-to-use online method through which residents may report properties with gang and/or narcotics activity in their neighborhoods. He’s asking residents to report these properties by calling his office at (213) 978-8340 or visiting the City Attorney’s website: www.lacityattorney.org. All reports may be made anonymously.

 

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Dec 092016
 

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer

CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER SUES FOUR MAJOR NATIONAL RETAILERS, ALLEGING “FALSE REFERENCE PRICING”

J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears Allegedly Misled Customers With Pricing Schemes to Increase Sales

 

With consumers across the nation striving to get the most for their holiday shopping dollar, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has sued national retail giants J.C. Penney, Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s, alleging that to increase sales, each of the companies used “false reference pricing” schemes to mislead customers into believing items were being sold at significant discounts.

“Customers have the right to be told the truth about the prices they’re paying and to know if a bargain is really a bargain,” said Feuer. “My office will fight to hold retailers responsible for their practices and to ensure consumers can make informed choices when spending their hard-earned money.”

Four separate lawsuits name as defendants: J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc., Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., Macy’s, Inc., and Sears Holdings Management Corporation and Sears, Roebuck & Co. These lawsuits allege the defendant retailers employ “false reference pricing” by falsely claiming their merchandise previously sold at far higher “Original,” “Regular,” or “List” prices in order to create a false sense of value and to persuade customers to purchase the merchandise at an allegedly reduced “sale” price. The lawsuits allege that misleading and deceptive false price advertising schemes play a major role in the companies’ overall marketing and business strategies.

Under California Law, retailers are not permitted to advertise an alleged former price of an item unless the alleged former price was the prevailing market price within three months of the advertisement, or unless the date when the alleged former price did prevail is clearly, exactly and conspicuously stated in the advertisement. The lawsuits allege that thousands of “sale” items were advertised at false reference prices.

The lawsuits cite multiple alleged examples, including:

• In February, 2016, J.C. Penney’s website allegedly first advertised a maternity swim top with an “original” price of $46 and a “sale” price of $31.99, an alleged 30% discount. However, the purported “original” price of $46 allegedly was a false reference price. J.C. Penney allegedly did not offer the item for sale online for any more than $31.99.
• In January, 2016, Kohl’s allegedly first offered for online sale Belted Cargo Shorts, an exclusive in-house product, for a reduced price of $35.99 from an “original” price of $60. However, the purported “original” price of $60 allegedly was a false reference price. Kohl’s allegedly did not offer the item for sale online for more than $35.99, even though the website consistently showed a purported “original” price of $60 for the item.
• In May, 2016, Macy’s allegedly first offered for sale online a “Giani Bernini Large Cross Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver,” with an “original” price of $120 and a “sale” price of $30. However, the purported “original” price of $120 allegedly was a false reference price. Macy’s allegedly did not offer the item for sale online for more than $30, even though the item allegedly was consistently advertised with a purported “original” price of $120.
• In April, 2016, Sears allegedly first advertised online a Kenmore washing machine with a “regular” price of $1,179.99 and a “sale” price of $999.99. However, the purported “regular” price of $1,179.99 allegedly was a false reference price. Sears allegedly did not offer the item for sale online for more than $999.99, even though the website allegedly consistently showed a purported “regular” price of $1,179.99 for the item.

Both J.C. Penney and Kohl’s were previously the subject of class action lawsuits alleging similar deceptive business practices. In November, 2015 and April, 2016, JC Penney and Kohl’s respectively represented to the United States District Court in Los Angeles in separate matters that they agreed not engage in the practice. Despite these representations, the companies allegedly continue to engage in misleading and deceptive pricing practices.

The City Attorney’s lawsuits seek injunctions prohibiting the defendants from further use of false reference pricing business practices. The lawsuits also seek civil penalties up to $2,500 for each violation.

Chief Deputy Jim Clark, Chief Assistant City Attorney Thomas Peters, Assistant City Attorney Michael Bostrom, and Deputy City Attorneys Jennifer Lam and Steven Son are handling the litigation.

A copy of the lawsuits can be found on the City Attorney’s Website.

From Anything L.A. Magazine’s editor: The lawsuits remind us of the one against Wells Fargo in which L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer prevailed over the banking giant. His victory resulted in Wells Fargo changing its high-pressure sales practices and led to fairer treatment of the bank’s customers nationwide.

A success in the latest lawsuits against leading national retailers who prosper thanks to misleading sales prices would go a long way toward restoring consumers’ trust.

It’s good to know that Los Angeles has a City Attorney who is also a consumers’ advocate. Mike Feuer doesn’t hesitate to expose deceptive business practices that take advantage of consumers and fights for consumers’ rights. Let’s hope that in these cases too, his efforts will benefit all U.S. consumers.

 

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Nov 062016
 

Charges Filed Against Dani Mathers

CITY ATTORNEY FEUER FILES CHARGES AGAINST MODEL FOR ALLEGEDLY SECRETLY PHOTOGRAPHING WOMAN IN LOCKER ROOM

Photo allegedly was posted to social media

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on November the 4th 2016 that his office has filed a criminal case against former Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers for allegedly secretly photographing a 70-year-old woman in the nude while she was in the shower area of a local fitness center. Mathers allegedly posted the photograph to social media.

“Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity,” said Feuer. “While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”

Mathers, 29, was charged with one count of invasion of privacy (PC 647(j)(3)(A). If convicted, Mathers could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Arraignment is scheduled for November 28 in Department 48 of Los Angeles Superior Court.

In July, Mathers allegedly used her cell phone to surreptitiously take a nude picture of a woman in the shower/locker area of a local LA Fitness health club. The photograph was later allegedly uploaded to Mather’s Snapchat account – along with comments about the woman’s appearance and a picture of Mathers covering her mouth.

Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim of the City Attorney’s Special Trials Unit is prosecuting the case.

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From the Editors of Anything L.A. Magazine: Invasion of privacy and body shaming aside, there is the issue of the victim’s age. (Ageism or elderly shaming?) A new car may be judged by many criteria. A classic car is judged by its history. How would Dani Mathers feel if some moron took a nude picture of her Grandma and criticized her body? Wouldn’t she be outraged? No one in their sound mind would belittle 1944 classic vehicle for not having USB charger, WiFi or A/C.
Anything L.A. Magazine is only a magazine and we obviously don’t have any legal authority but IF we did, we’d call for a mandatory sensitivity training followed by 6 months of community service, serving the elderly. (Compassion can’t be taught, but a little respect for the elders, perhaps.) PLUS someone give a gold medal to the lady in the nude pictures: in an age when many senior citizens have trouble sitting down and getting up she is an active gym member? More power to her: active is beautiful!

 

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No 20 something is qualified to judge 70 year old person's appearance. This is much more than invasion of privacy. Dani Mathers is disgusting.
Oct 282016
 
L.A. City Attorney, Mike Feuer

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer during Tujunga Town Hall Meeting

 

Mike Feuer and LAPD Foothill Division held a Town Hall meeting in Tujunga. L.A. City Attorney listened to residents’ concerns, showed commitment to solving their problems, offered concrete solutions. So UNLIKE a politician….

 

On Thursday October 27th 2016 L.A. City Attorney, Mr. Mike Feuer together with LAPD Foothill Division held a Town Hall meeting in Sunland / Tujunga. Among local community members in attendance were also staffers of Anything L.A. Magazine.

Anything L.A. Magazine has followed the latest accomplishments of L.A. City Attorney’s and took notice of especially three of them:

  • His massive victory over Wells Fargo which positively impacted the bank’s customers nationwide
  • His fight against homeless patient dumping in Los Angeles and the prosecution of offending health facilities
  • His Ticket Clinics which help people guilty of minor offenses reclaim their lives

Quite frankly, we were curious to see Mike Feuer address every day community issues. Town Hall meetings by their very nature tend to be rather boring. Surprisingly, the Tujunga meeting was anything but. Mr. Feuer doesn’t sit in an ivory tower and perceive his constituents as uniform “people”. He is more than capable of seeing individuals and empathizing with their real-life concerns. He is warm, direct, easy to relate to and doesn’t speak over anyone’s head.

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer during Tujunga Town Hall Meeting

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer introduced Mark Ross, Tujunga’s new Neighborhood Prosecutor

The meeting began with Mike Feuer introducing his team members and explaining the role of Mark Ross, Tujunga’s new Neighborhood Prosecutor (formerly with the Rampart Division). L.A. City Attorney explained the concept of neighborhood justice which he also calls “restorative justice”, a program assisting in rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-felons which is intended to reduce recidivism rates. LAPD Foothill Community Police Station’s Chief Green introduced his key officers and explained their responsibilities.

Among the concerns raised by community members were:

  • trouble-making neighbors
  • homeless encampments in the area
  • lack of responsiveness of the parking division
  • doubts about Proposition 47

It was obvious to anyone in attendance that Mike Feuer is more than a run-of-the-mill politician doing his job. He is clearly following his calling and his passion for law is tempered by his concern for the welfare of the people he was elected to serve.

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer during Tujunga Town Hall Meeting

Mr. Feuer doesn’t avoid uncomfortable topics and doesn’t answer questions vaguely. It was clear that he is familiar with the concerns raised by attendees and ready to propose thoughtful, practical solutions. He asked about specifics of each concern and reassured us that they will be followed until their successful resolution. (In few cases, specifically those calling for more law enforcement, budget and personnel shortage account for the lack of solutions….)

The experience of attending the Sunland / Tujunga Town Hall meeting was surprisingly refreshing. We’ve seen a City Attorney who cares, is responsive and puts forth the effort to offer and / or propose concrete – and creative! – solutions. (One of them was for the city to lease existing, small motels and convert them into housing for the homeless which could be a cost-effective and fast solution to Los Angeles’ massive homeless’ crisis.)

L.A. City Attorney delivers. He made the residents feel heard. He welcomed new ideas. He assured follow up. He was not afraid to introduce innovative solutions. In the end, the attendees felt respected, valued, helped and included in the problem-solving process.

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer during Tujunga Town Hall Meeting

Our City Attorney, Mike Feuer doesn’t see people as abstracts, he relates to concerns of individuals and families. He believes that solid structures grow on sound foundations. He is committed to building strong, empowered neighborhoods from the ground up. Mike Feuer doesn’t act like most politicians who duck inconvenient questions and avoid giving direct answers. He is specific and addresses concerns head on.

Mike Feuer EARNED his reputation. On the evening of the Tujunga Town Hall meeting, L.A. City Attorney (along with five other recipients: Tracy Nelson, Adam Schiff, Appo Jabarian, Steve Fazio and Patti Jo Wolfson) was honored with the Justice Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Award during Encino Chamber of Commerce annual gala in Woodland Hills. Here at Anything L.A. Magazine, we know why.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / Eve Elrich
Photo credit: Wolf Kesh

 

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Oct 162016
 
John Stumpf, the embattled CEO Of Wells Fargo retires

John Stumpf, the embattled CEO Of Wells Fargo retires (Photo property of Reuters)

John Stumpf, the CEO and Chairman of Wells Fargo Bank retired. Yeah, right.

The aggressive pursuit of consumer rights by Mike Feuer, L.A. City Attorney, that resulted in a settlement with Wells Fargo, reverberated nationwide and spurred many of the changes we’re seeing today. Read more about Mike Feuer’s success with Wells Fargo.

Consumers nationwide are now recovering their money, Wells Fargo has to pay a high penalty, the State of California severed some of its ties with the bank…. John Stumpf and other high level Wells Fargo executives were interrogated by U.S. Senate and other government agencies.

It may be called retirement, the truth is that the man who either ordered or supported fraud at Wells Fargo Bank has been forced out from his super comfortable positions as both the CEO and the Chairman of the bank in a desperate attempt to save Wells Fargo’s image, if not Wells Fargo itself. He also had to forfeit much of his ill-gotten gains.

Mike Feuer’s, L.A. City Attorney’s, victory over unethical business practices of Wells Fargo is a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you and congratulations, Mr. Feuer!

 

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Sep 232016
 

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Our own Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer to attend a meeting of U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in Washington, D.C. If it sounds like “business as usual” to you, it isn’t. It’s a huge recognition of the Federal Government for our City Attorney Mike Feuer’s – and his team’s – victory over Wells Fargo Bank.

As you surely know, on Tuesday 09/20/16, US Senator Elizabeth Warren “interrogated” the CEO of Wells Fargo John Stumpf on the unethical practices of his bank. Those practices included – but were not limited to – opening multiple accounts unauthorized by Wells Fargo customers and accruing / collecting monthly fees for them.

These Wells Fargo’s practices were known and spread nationwide, still no federal or state attorney’s office took legal action to put a stop to Wells Fargo’s shady sales practices or to protect consumers. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer was the only one who did. Acting as a true consumers’ advocate, City Attorney Mike Feuer not only dared to hold Wells Fargo legally accountable for its actions but succeeded! His pursuit of justice produced a settlement. On 09/08/2016 it’s been announced that Wells Fargo agreed to make restitution to consumers and pay $50 million in penalties. Read the settlement.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s commitment to fairness for Los Angeles consumers helps exploited Wells Fargo customers In Los Angeles area recover their money. The even more impressive outcome is that the settlement he negotiated for Los Angeles consumers – thanks to the cooperation with Federal Regulators – will actually benefit consumers nationwide!

The work – and impact – of a City Attorney is usually limited to the matters of the city he represents and its residents. It’s unprecedented that a CITY Attorney’s action has a nationwide impact.

Giving credit where credit is due: the success of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s consumer action against Wells Fargo Bank is historic, it is a lifetime achievement and definitely, Mike Feuer’s legacy as a City Attorney. Congratulations and thank you Mr. Feuer!

On a different note, having Mike Feuer – or someone like Mike Feuer – on a State or better yet, Federal level could put some fear of God in the hearts of major corporations and actually PREVENT them from scamming consumers, in the first place. Just a thought.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

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