Office of the City Attorney
Lonnie J. Eldridge, City Attorney
David L. Caceres, Assistant City Attorney
Sonia Hehir, Assistant City Attorney
Dion J. O'Connell, Assistant City Attorney
2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council to act as the City’s general legal counsel. As general legal counsel, the City Attorney advises the City Council, District and Agency Boards and all City Departments. The City Attorney's Office renders professional legal advice to the Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8, the Successor Agency to the Simi Valley Community Development Agency, the Simi Valley Industrial Development Authority, and the Simi Valley Public Financing Authority. In addition, the City Attorney’s office represents the City in regulatory and court proceedings.
Within these responsibilities, the City Attorney's Office receives and investigates claims filed against the City, investigates and prosecutes criminal charges for citations issued by the Police Department and Request for Formal Complaints presented by Code Enforcement for violations of the Simi Valley Municipal Code. The City Attorney’s Office also participates in City Council, Planning Commission, Affordable Housing, Development Advisory Committee, Mobile Home Rent Review, Sustainable Simi Valley Committee , and Community Development Block Grant Committee (CDBGC) meetings, handles litigation in-house, coordinates litigation handled by outside counsel, and works with staff of all Departments of the City on day to day matters involving the operations of the City.
In addition to the City Attorney, the City Attorney’s Office is staffed by two Assistant City Attorneys, each providing an expertise in varying aspects of the law.
The City Attorney’s office does not prosecute violations of the California Penal or Vehicle Code, or other violations of State law. The City Attorney’s office does not render private legal advice to citizens. If you need to seek legal representation, helpful links to other referral services are listed below for your convenience.
If you need to report a violation of State law, you should contact the Simi Valley Police Department or the Ventura County District Attorney’s office as listed below.
If you wish to file a claim with the City, you will need to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 583-6748. You may also come directly to City Hall (map) to the City Clerk’s Office to pick up a claim form.
To contact the City Attorney's Office directly, please call (805) 583-6714.
To contact the Simi Valley Police Department, please call (805) 583-6950.
To contact the Ventura County District Attorney's Office call (805) 654-2500.
To find information on private attorneys, contact the Ventura County Bar Association at (805) 650-7599.