Hi, I'm Richard Kim
I am running for City Attorney because the City is in a crisis!
Crime is out of control and I want to take back the streets.
I want to keep politicians and government insiders out of the
City Attorney’s Office and go back to enforcing the law!
I support the recall of LA Dist. Atty. George “Soft-on-Crime” Gascón! Gascon’s gotta go!!
Politicians and extremists like Gascon have gained too much control over our criminal justice system. They have STOPPED enforcing the law and let criminals back on the streets!
I have been a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney for nearly 20 years.
I have prosecuted landlords trying to illegally evict tenants, degenerates who abuse animals, con artists stealing from seniors, rogue developers building without permits, petty thieves, liquor stores that sell to minors...You name it, I have prosecuted it.
On June 7, Vote Richard Kim for City Attorney
Outside the City Attorney’s office, I have a long record as a civic leader in the Korean and Asian communities.
I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), for nearly 15 years. During that time, I have been in a leadership position as this agency has transformed itself. Originally KYCC focused largely on helping recent Korean immigrants get settled in the U.S. More recently it has become a social service agency with a larger mission. KYCC is now one of the city’s largest and most effective non-profit social service agencies in Los Angeles. It provides services to all residents of Koreatown, including Latinos (who now make up 55 percent of the Koreatown population) and African-Americans.
KYCC’s services provide at-risk youths, no matter what their ethnicity, with recreational opportunities designed to build character and good sportsmanship. KYCC also counsels persons, regardless of their ethnicity, who need help with substance abuse and mental health issues.
KYCC also owns and operates eight affordable housing properties – with 209 units - in Koreatown. While some of my rivals talk a good story about how they’ll use the City Attorney’s office to solve the homeless crisis I have been involved in actually providing such housing.
I have also been a board member and president of the Koreatown-Wilshire Center Neighborhood Council and board member and president of the Korean Prosecutors Assn.
I am an immigrant, who came from Korea to the U.S. at age nine.I had to work to help my family make ends meet and to pay for my education.
I am a proud graduate of UCLA and Southwestern Law School. I was admitted to the California State Bar in Dec. 2002.
My entire career has been with the LA City Attorney’s office. That career choice was strongly influenced by former LA City Atty. Ira Reiner who spoke convincingly during a career day event at Southwestern about the sense of accomplishment one feels working as a government lawyer and looking out for the interests
of the public.
My wife Ellison, a businesswoman, and I live near DTLA.
My work in the city attorney's office.
As a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney for almost 20 years I have worked in several capacities. I was the principal legal adviser to the airport department during the preparation of a complex environmental impact report involving the expansion of LAX’s southern runway. I also worked on sensitive negotiations to settle a $600 million dispute involving the contamination of groundwater at the Palmdale Regional Airport – which is also a LAWA property. I have worked in the Central Trials Division of the office; this work involves handling the hundreds of misdemeanor cases generated by the City Attorney’s office; more recently I have been working in the Code Enforcement unit.
I have prosecuted every kind of case imaginable: from vandalism to illegal sales of liquor to minors, from animal cruelty to scamsters trying to rip off seniors, from rogue developers to landlords seeking to illegally evict tenants.
Two cases that I was handling before I took a leave of absence in order to campaign for City Attorney:
Chinatown: This case got some media attention and involved a 13-count complaint I filed against the organization that owns Cathay Manor, a 17-story apartment building in Chinatown with 270 units. The complex is almost exclusively inhabited by the elderly who found themselves virtually stranded in their apartments for months because the building’s elevators were inoperable. Can you imagine 80-year-old women having to climb, 7-8, maybe even 17 flights of stairs to go to the store?! When I took on the case we also discovered the building’s fire protection systems were inadequate. In other words, the owner was putting the lives of the residents in jeopardy.
Hollywood Hills: In this case I filed a 37-count complaint against a rogue developer who was trying to build five mini-mansions on a Hollywood hillside without permits.