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Charles Parkin


Welcome to the Long Beach City Attorney's homepage. On June 3, 2014, I was elected as Long Beach City Attorney to a four year term. It is my honor to serve as the City Attorney with this outstanding staff of 64 employees, including 23 attorneys. This office is committed to serving the citizens of Long Beach by providing the City with proactive, timely and accurate legal services.

The City Attorney's Office is comprised of four divisions: Departmental Counsel, Litigation, Harbor, and Workers' Compensation and has an operating budget of approximately 9.9 million dollars for fiscal year 2016. The office is the sole and exclusive legal advisor of the City, City Council and all City commissions, committees, officers and employees.

You are encouraged to review this website, as it is designed with you, the citizen, in mind. Since this is your City Attorney's office, please feel free to comment on any aspect of our work or this website.

With best regards,
Charles Parkin

Press Releases

California Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s denial of a Petition for Writ of Mandate challenging the City Manager’s decision to terminate Charles Cunningham for disclosing confidential infor...
Superior Court judge rejected a claim by a parking enforcement officer that her termination from the City of Long Beach was motivated by her race
Recent Supreme Court Decision on Electronic Communications Concerning Public Business Sent to or from Private Devices
Press Release Archive »

Public Lawyer of the Year, Michael J. Mais

California State Bar Names Assistant City Attorney Michael J. Mais 2017 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year

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Ethics Handbook

The City Attorney Office has recently issued an updated version of the handbook, "Ethics Guide: Long Beach City Officials & Employees".

View the Ethics Handbook