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Increasing protections for local communities, workers and consumers top agenda for new California coalition

Civil Prosecutors Coalition includes many of the largest City Attorney and County Counsel Offices in California

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Sacramento, California – City and County attorneys representing millions of Californians have announced a new coalition aiming to increase protections for local communities, workers and consumers. The Civil Prosecutors Coalition began meetings with state legislative leaders in Sacramento today, February 21. Chair Mara W. Elliott, the San Diego City Attorney, and Vice-Chair David Chiu, San Francisco City Attorney, say the new organization will ensure a more active role in shaping the laws these offices enforce.

“As civil prosecutors, we take seriously our responsibility to protect consumers, workers, and those who live in our communities. We look forward to working directly with our State’s legislators to shape the state laws we are charged with enforcing in ways that will help us increase these protections for the public,” said City Attorney Elliott.

The Coalition said its top legislative priorities for the year include strengthening laws against unfair competition, gun violence and violations of workers’ rights. They have committed to making return visits to the State Capitol throughout the session to achieve their legislative goals.

In addition to Chair Elliott and Vice-Chair Chiu, the Civil Prosecutors Coalition is composed of Santa Clara County Counsel Tony LoPresti, San José City Attorney Nora Frimann, and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker. Together, they employ thousands of legal professionals responsible for enforcing our State’s civil laws — including consumer, housing, environmental, civil rights and labor and employment laws.

Crucially, the attorneys also enjoy the statutory authority to prosecute civil cases on behalf of the People of the State of California.

“I am excited about launching the CPC with my esteemed, local government colleagues from across the state,” said Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker. “Our Coalition will enhance Oakland’s ability to influence state laws and budget decisions to protect and enhance the rights of the people of Oakland. Our partnership will make it possible to further protect workers’ rights and tenants’ rights; prohibit predatory lending; secure laws that promote equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age; and secure climate justice.”

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Increasing protections for local communities, workers and consumers top agenda for new California coalition