City Attorney

The City Attorney's Office provides high quality, timely and cost effective legal guidance, support and representation for all City Officials and City Staff on matters of law pertaining to their duties and responsibilities.

Does the City Attorney's Office advise citizens in legal matters?

No. The City Attorney's Office represents the City of Culver City as a municipal entity. This office does not give legal advice to or represent individual citizens, or represent them in private legal disputes.

What is the difference between a "public nuisance" and a "private nuisance" and when does the City Attorney's Office become involved?

A "nuisance" is defined as: "Anything which is injurious to health, including, but not limited to, the illegal sale of controlled substances, or is indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream, canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway, is a nuisance."

A "public nuisance" is defined as follows: "A public nuisance is one which affects at the same time an entire community or neighborhood, or any considerable number of persons, although the extent of the annoyance or damage inflicted upon individuals may be unequal."

A "private nuisance" is generally considered to be something that affects a single individual or a number of individuals with regard to a private right not enjoyed by the public at large.

Various City departments and divisions may investigate allegations of public nuisance, depending on the nature of the issue, including Enforcement Services, Building Safety, Public Works, Fire and Police.  These City departments will then work with the City Attorney’s office to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community by taking legal action where warranted. The City Attorney’s office does not become involved in private nuisances, in which case the parties should seek private counsel.

What is the difference between the City Attorney's Office and the District Attorney's Office?

The District Attorney's Office is a department of the County of Los Angeles. It engages in criminal prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes that occur in Los Angeles County. In prosecution matters, the City Attorney's Office is responsible only for violations of the Culver City Municipal Code only.

What options do I have if I see violations in my community?

Make contact with the responsible person.

Describe your perception of the problem. Discuss how the problem affects you and possible solutions. Most people want to be good neighbors and are cooperative once the issue is brought to their attention.

If you are not able to resolve the issue by discussing the matter with the responsible person, report the violation to City Enforcement Services, or Police Department, depending on the nature of the violation.

Attend Neighborhood Watch or Homeowner's Association Meetings.

Get involved with solving the problem. Your participation in these types of organizations not only helps out your neighborhood, but also allows you to make a contribution to the overall health of the City.

Department Head

Heather Baker