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Richard E. Nosky, Jr.
City Attorney

Email: City Attorney
Telephone: 408-615-2230
Fax: 408-249-7846

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 12:00P, 1:00P - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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Can the City Attorney advise citizens in legal matters?
A:

No. The City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to private citizens. However, the following organizations in Santa Clara County may be helpful to citizens in seeking legal representation and/or answers to general legal questions:

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
    Lawyer Referral
    (408) 971-6822
    www.sccba.com
  • Project Sentinel
    Landlord/Tenant Mediation
    (408) 720-9888
     
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney
    (408) 299-7400
    www.santaclara-da.org
  • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
    Civil Court Clerk’s and Calendar Offices
    (408) 882-2100
    www.sccsuperiorcourt.org
  • Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
    Self-Help Center
    (408) 882-2926
    www.scselfservice.org
Where do I file a small claims court action?
A:
Superior Court
191 N. First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 882-2100
How do I file a claim against the City of Santa Clara?
A:
Claim forms and instructions are available online and from the City Clerk’s Office, (408) 615-2220, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050. The claim form must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office within six (6) months from the date of the incident. The City Clerk’s Office will forward the claim form to the City Attorney’s Office. All claims are administered by the City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Third Party Administrator.
How can I receive a copy of a particular Santa Clara Municipal Code section?
A:
A copy of a particular section may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050, (408) 615-2220. The Santa Clara Main Library also maintains a copy of the City Code for review. If you wish to review it online, click http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/santaclara/frameless/.
How do I appeal an Administrative Citation?
A:
Any person disputing an administrative citation may contest the citation by completing a “Request for Hearing Form” and filing the form within thirty (30) days from the date of issuance of the citation at the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050.

Appeal forms may be obtained:
• By calling (408) 615-2220 and asking that a “Request for Hearing Form” be sent to you.
• In person at the City Clerk’s Office, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050.
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Richard E. Nosky, Jr.
City Attorney

Email: City Attorney
Telephone: 408-615-2230
Fax: 408-249-7846

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 12:00P, 1:00P - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

City Attorney

Under the Charter of the City of Santa Clara (Section 908), the responsibilities of the City Attorney’s Office consist of the following:

  • Represent and advise the City Council and all City officers in all matters of law pertaining to their offices. 
  • Represent and appear on behalf of the City and any City officer or employee in all legal actions or proceedings which the City or any such officer or employee, in or by reason of his/her official capacity is a party.
  • Provide the City Council with information and advice regarding ongoing litigation and legislation affecting the City.
  • Attend all meetings of the City Council and give advice or an opinion in writing whenever requested to do so by the City Council or officers of the City.
  • Staff  boards and commission meetings as necessary. 
  • Approve the form of all bonds given to and all contracts made by the City, endorsing approval thereon in writing. 
  • Review and approve all ordinances and resolutions and amendments thereof.
  • Prosecute cases for violation of the Charter and City ordinances
  • Assist and provide training on current issues in the law and City policy as needed.

The City Attorney’s Office will continue to provide legal advice and support on matters initiated by City Council,  City Manager’s Office, and City departments, including review and negotiation of contracts, leases, licenses, policies and other documents related to the day-to-day operations of the City. 
 

Last updated: 3/27/2013 2:38:58 PM