Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Friday, December 14, 2001


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Three Attorneys Appointed, Fourth Re-Appointed to City Information Technology Commission


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Three attorneys were appointed and a fourth was re-appointed Tuesday by Mayor James Hahn to the Information Technology Commission, the panel that regulates cable television within the city.

As part of the five-member board, newly appointed commissioners Matthew Geragos, Henry Gradstein, and Melanie Lomax will be responsible for governing the Information Technology Agency, regulating any utility that requires city approval, including microwave transmission towers, the laying of telephone wires, as well as having oversight of the city’s website and certain aspects of the city’s computer and payroll system.

The three appointees will join attorneys Sharon Rubalcava, who was reappointed to the board by Hahn Tuesday, and Dean Hansell, a former police commissioner who was appointed to the ITC by Hahn earlier this year.

Gradstein, of Pacific Palisades, is a name partner in the firm Gradstein, Luskin & Van Dalsem, which specializes in entertainment intellectual property, Internet e-commerce, and complex business litigation. In l999, Gradstein won California’s fifth highest jury verdict when, defending former Monkee Michael Nesmith, he obtained a $47-million fraud verdict against PBS on Nesmith’s counterclaim.

Melanie Lomax, of Hancock Park, is a former police commissioner who served on the Los Angeles Police Commission at the time of the 1991 beating of Rodney King by white Los Angeles Police Department officers.

Lomax, who heads her own firm, Lomax and Associates, graduated from Loyola University School of Law after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Geragos, of Northridge, is a partner at the firm of Geragos & Geragos. He received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the City Council.


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