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Ordin and Hertzberg to Co-Chair Feuer Transition Team


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Former U.S. Attorney


Former Assembly Speaker



Los Angeles City Attorney-Elect Mike Feuer yesterday named Los Angeles Police Commission President Andrea Sheridan Ordin and former Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg as co-chairs of his 46-member transition team.

Feuer, who defeated incumbent Carmen Trutanich in the May 21 general election, is due to take office July 1. The transition team includes a number of prominent attorneys, including former elective officeholders, and leaders of community groups.

The “extraordinary group of experienced and committed leaders...will help me hit the ground running,” Feuer said in a statement, and “will focus on key priorities including revitalizing the neighborhood prosecutor program, enhancing gun violence prevention, enforcing [medical marijuana] Measure D and increasing the City Attorney office’s efficiency and risk management efforts.”

Ordin is a former County Bar president and has served as county counsel, U.S. attorney, assistant district attorney, and chief assistant state attorney general. Hertzberg is currently vice-chair of Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office and served on transition teams for Trutanich, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He also recently announced that he will run for the San Fernando Valley-based state Senate seat now held by Sen. Alex Padilla, who is running for secretary of state. The primary for that office will take place in June of next year.

Other members of the team include former U.S. District Judge Lourdes Baird, now a private judge; Chief Deputy Alternate Public Defender Bruce Brodie; UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky; former County Bar President Miriam Aroni Krinsky, now a lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Policy; Stewart Kwoh, founding president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center; retired state Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno; Ira Reiner, a former city attorney and district attorney; civil rights lawyer Connie Rice; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Thomas Saenz; John Van de Kamp, former attorney general, district attorney, and State Bar president; and Hernan Vera, president and CEO of Public Counsel.

Also attorneys Mark Burton, James Clark, James Colbert, Claudia Culling, Julie Downey, Richard Drooyan, David Fleming, Alan Friedman, Dean Hansell, George Kieffer, Patricia Kinaga, Manav Kumar, David Lash, Luis Li, Alva Lin, Barbara Lindemann, Capri Maddox, Wilma Pinder, Glenn Pomerantz, Patricia Tubert, and Sam Yebri.

Rounding out the team are former Ethics Commission director and Police Commissioner Rebecca Avila, now an assistant dean at UC Irvine School of Law; pastors J. Edgar Boyd and Xavier Thompson; Los Angeles Superior Court Community Relations Director Camilo Cruz; Sheriff’s Department Chaplain Shirley Friedman;  Central City Association and Downtown Center Business Improvement District President/CEO Carol Schatz; animal welfare advocate Cheri Shankar;  Valley Industry and Commerce Association President Stuart Waldman; and Korean American Coalition Executive Director Grace Yoo.

Krinsky and Alex Ponder, who served on Feuer’s staffs when he was on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be co-executive directors of the transition team, Feuer said.


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