The General Government Section provides essential legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive, and County departments and agencies to fulfill the public service mission of the County. General Government attorneys research and analyze many areas of law, craft ordinances and policies, negotiate contracts, comment on legislation, and, most of all, solve problems. They also participate in adjudications over valuations of Silicon Valley landmarks for the purpose of property taxation, and in election-related writs and related matters. They are on the front lines of providing direct advice on programs of importance to the Board of Supervisors.
The Section’s practice is grounded in honing expertise in public law, including the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act. Building on these core competencies, attorneys in the Section have several specialized areas of practice including land use; climate change; finance; property taxation; transportation (including roads and airports); public works and construction; election law, ethics and conflicts of interest; real property; CEQA, consumer and environmental protection, collections, representation of special districts.