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Thursday, March 17, 2016


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Deputy City Attorney Jumps in Race for Open Seat


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney Onica Valle Cole has joined the race for the Los Angeles Superior Court seat presently held by Judge Elden Fox.

Fox did not return his nominating papers Friday, creating a five-day extension—which ended yesterday—during which additional candidates could join the fray.

In light of delays at the Registrar-Recorder’s Office in making candidate filings publicly available, names of other candidates might surface today.

Cole is a 1993 graduate of Yale University, with a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and earned her law degree at Loyola in 1998, and was admitted to law practice that year.

She became a deputy city attorney in March of 2002 and is currently assigned to the Consumer and Workforce Unit of the Special Litigation Branch of the office’s Criminal Division.

The candidate said she is currently “working on some immigration fraud cases” and will be making a presentation before the California District Attorneys Association in May.

Cole is on the board of the Los Angeles City Attorneys Association, the Sierra Club, and a mentoring group, Motivating Our Students Through Experience.

She said she has asked to be identified as “Prosecutor.”

Others in the race for Office 158, and their ballot designations, are David A. Berger, Violent Crimes Prosecutor; Naser “Nas” Khoury, Law Professor/Attorney; Kim L. Nguyen, Deputy Attorney General, and Susan Reed Jerich, whose designation could not be ascertained yesterday.


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