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Justice Without Political Agendas

I've spent my life improving communities and making a difference and that's why I'm running for Judge, because Judges make a difference!

The stakes of this campaign are high. The integrity of our legal system is based on Judges being fair, unbiased and independent. Judges are supposed to apply the law and make decisions without fear or favor, and without political agendas. Not all candidates believe that. I do.

I also believe we need more judges with diverse backgrounds who know our communities, who have worked with both victims and criminals, and who have the experience to know what works and what doesn't. Please join our campaign today!

Bipartisan Support for Steve!

CA Treasurer John Chiang (ret.)

CA State Senator Ben Allen

CA State Senator Bob Archuleta

CA Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

CA Assemblymember Mike Fong

LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn

LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell

LA County Supervisor Don Knabe (ret.)

Hon. Steve Cooley, Former LA County District Attorney (2000-2012)

Judge Richard L. Fruin, Jr.​

California Voter’s Guide

Raucus Caucus Voter Guide

Asian Pacific Leadership Foundation President David Ryu

 

Artesia Mayor Tony Lima

Carson Councilmember Arleen Bocatija Rojas

Cerritos Mayor Naresh Solanki

Diamond Bar Councilmember Steve Tye

Gardena Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Mark Henderson

Glendale Councilmember Ara Najarian

Hawaiian Gardens Mayor Victor Farfan

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris

Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen Miles

Lynwood Mayor Jose Luis Solache

Manhattan Beach Mayor Joe Franklin

Redondo Beach Mayor Pro Tem Todd Lowenstein

Torrance Mayor George Chen

Rosemead Mayor Steven Ly

Santa Monica Councilmember Oscar de la Torre

Partial List Only--See full list HERE!

Steve's Experience

  • State appointed parole attorney helping people earn second chances and turn away from crime.

  • Administrative Hearing Officer for cities and counties throughout the state.

  • 5 term Manhattan Beach Mayor/Councilmember.

  • 30+ years working to improve communities across LA County.

  • Boardmember for numerous nonprofits serving those in need.

  • Proud father of two!

Steve's Plan

  • Treat everyone who comes to court with respect and dignity.

  • Do my homework for each case, listen, ask tough questions, be fair, be just.

  • Work to improve court processes and technology to improve efficiency and decrease wait times.

  • Increase legal aid resources and make courts more accessible to those who need it.

  • Be tough but fair to all sides. Apply both consequences and compassion as appropriate.

Making a Difference

When I was 13, my Mom and Dad gave me a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird to read for the summer. From that point on, I wanted to be Atticus Finch. I knew I was going to be an attorney and I knew I was going to fight for what's right. I've been doing that ever since.

I've been an attorney for more than 20 years. I'm a state appointed attorney representing inmates before the Board of Parole Hearings—making sure they’re ready, advocating for a second chance for those who have earned it, and working with inmates to improve their chances. I'm like a public defender for people who are already in prison. I know what makes people turn to crime, and how to turn them around as well.

I also serve as an Administrative Hearing Officer for cities, counties and agencies throughout the state. I’ve conducted thousands of hearings regarding administrative violations—reviewing evidence, applying the law to the facts of each case, and making written decisions that involve hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties. I already do what many Superior Civil Court judges do every day, and I’ve done it for LA City Fire, LA Metro, the County of Santa Cruz, and dozens of cities across California.

I've been in public service for more than 30 years, serving as the youngest elected and now longest serving Mayor and City Councilmember for the City of Manhattan Beach, where public safety is always my first priority. I’ve successfully championed initiatives that have improved our quality of life, protected our environment, and supported our seniors and children.

I also served as Senior Deputy to LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, representing him in communities across LA County, overseeing legal matters, county departments and initiatives, and addressing our most urgent issues, including homelessness, public safety, and infrastructure improvements. 

I was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, where I attended local public schools. I worked as a janitor while earning a degree in Fine Art from Loyola Marymount University. I then worked as a substitute teacher in an inner city school district while attending Loyola Law School. While at law school, I served as a law clerk to the environmental group Heal the Bay and the LA Community College District.

 

After passing the bar exam, I worked at a law firm that specialized in education and municipal law. When I joined Supervisor Knabe's team in 2005, I opened my own practice and have since specialized in parole law and adjudication. I'm raising my two kids, age 9 and 12, just a few blocks from where I grew up.

No candidate has more experience in the things that matter most to our communities.  

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