The City Charter provides that “the City Attorney shall be the legal advisor to the City Council, its Boards and Commissions and the officers and employees of the City on all matters concerning the municipal affairs of the City.” Services of the City Attorney’s Office include the preparation of formal and informal opinions and advice, preparation of ordinances, resolutions, permits, contracts, and other legal documents, and representation of the City before various State and Federal agencies. The City Attorney also advises on meeting procedures, including the Brown Act and Ex Parte Communications.
Legal representation is provided, either in-house or through outside retained counsel, in litigation arising from claims by or against the City, including representation in cases involving contracts, bodily injury and property damage, code enforcement, eminent domain, land use litigation, employer-employee matters and writs. The City Attorney’s Office also prosecutes criminal infractions and misdemeanors involving violations of the Monterey City Code.
Responses to claims against the City for bodily injury, property damage and incidents involving alleged City negligence are coordinated with the City’s Risk Management Office.
Public Records Requests
Many City records are available online and may be searched on I-SEARCH Monterey.
Requests for documents made under the California Public Records Act can be made by phone at (831) 646-3915 or in writing using the online form and directed to the City Attorney's Office using the contact information below.
Fill out the Public Records Request Form and email, mail, or fax to:
City Attorney's Office
512 Pierce St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Voice: (831) 646-3915
Fax: (831) 373-1634
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