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Sunnyvale
City Attorney's Office

456 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 730-7464

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Office of the City Attorney

Welcome to the City Attorney's home page. The goal of the City Attorney's Office is to provide professional, timely, and cost-effective legal advice on all matters involving municipal, state, and federal law affecting the City of Sunnyvale.

The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief legal advisor to the City Council, Planning Commission, City Boards and Commissions, and all City Departments.  The City Attorney represents the City, its departments, and city employees in any litigation or administrative actions involving official city business.  The City Attorney's Office is responsible for writing legal documents, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other official legal documents.  It is also responsible for prosecuting any criminal violations of the Sunnyvale Municipal Code.

By law the City Attorney can only provide advice to the City Council, City Manager, and city departments on official City business.   The City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to an individual Sunnyvale resident or business on either City-related or private legal matters.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who does the City Attorney represent?

Can the City Attorney represent private citizens?

What is the difference between the City Attorney and the District Attorney?

How can I get a copy of the City's Municipal Code or a City ordinance?

Where do I serve a lawsuit against the City of Sunnyvale?

How do I make a Public Records Act request for public documents?

How do I file a claim against the City of Sunnyvale?

I’m having a problem with my landlord, tenant, neighbors, etc.  Who can help me resolve the issue?

How do I make a complaint about my mobile home park?

Where do I find forms for my court case?

Where can I find information regarding my small claims case?

How do I file a complaint against a business?

How do I get information regarding my Social Security benefits?

Can you recommend a lawyer? I cannot afford an attorney.  Will you represent me in my lawsuit?

Other Helpful Resources

Who does the City Attorney represent?

The City Attorney is the attorney for the City of Sunnyvale.  The attorneys in the office provide legal services to the Mayor, City Council, City Clerk, City Boards and Commissions, and all city departments of the City of Sunnyvale.

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Can the City Attorney represent private citizens?

No.  The City Attorney does not represent individuals in private legal matters.  Attorneys in the office represent city departments and employees in matters related to the City’s official business.

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What is the difference between the City Attorney and the District Attorney?

The City Attorney's Office represents the City of Sunnyvale, its elected officials and staff, City departments and the City’s independent boards and commissions in all civil matters.  The City Attorney prosecutes violations of the Municipal Code but not violations of state or federal law.

The District Attorney is an elected official who investigates and prosecutes criminal activity (other than Municipal Code violations) in Santa Clara County. Within the District Attorney’s Office, consumers can find help through their:

  • Consumer Protection Unit (408) 792-2880
  • Elder Fraud Unit (408) 792-2965
  • Major Fraud/White Collar Unit (408) 792-2744
  • Automobile and Worker’s Compensation Fraud Units (408) 792-2804 or (408) 792-2868
  • Bad Check Restitution Program (877) 520-6137
  • Mediation Services to assist consumers resolve disputes with business entities (408) 792-2880

To find out more about the District Attorney’s Office in Santa Clara County, you may call their office at (408) 299-7400 or visit the Santa Clara County’s District Attorney Homepage.

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How can I get a copy of the City's Municipal Code or a City ordinance?

The Sunnyvale Municipal Code is online.  Hard copies of codes or a particular ordinance may be obtained from the City Clerk's office located at 603 All America Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (408) 730-7483.

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Where do I serve a lawsuit against the City of Sunnyvale?

The City Clerk is the Agent for Service of Process for the City of Sunnyvale.  Please contact the City Clerk's office, 603 All America Way Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (408) 730-7483.

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How do I make a Public Records Act request for public documents?

The California Public Records Acts requires Sunnyvale to make certain public records available for inspection and copying.  The Public Records Act is designed to give the public access to information in possession of public agencies.  Public Records requests can be oral or written, in person or through the mail or email.  However, it is recommended that you put your request in writing to create a clear record of the request.   A written request that is clear and concise also helps the City respond to your request in a timely and efficient manner.

For more information on submitting public records requests, please visit our City Clerk’s Web site. Requesting Public Documents

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How do I file a claim against the City of Sunnyvale?

To file a claim against the City of Sunnyvale, please fill out a claim form and submit if to the City Clerk’s office.  Please be sure to fill out the form completely, as an incomplete or incorrect form may delay the processing of your claim.

The original completed Claim Form must be presented to:

City Clerk
ATTN: CLAIMS
Sunnyvale City Hall
456 West Olive Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94088

Claims may be presented in person or by mail.

For more information on filing a claim against the City of Sunnyvale, please visit our City Clerk’s Web site. Filing a Claim

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I’m having a problem with my landlord, tenant, neighbors, etc. Who can help me resolve the issue?

Project Sentinel is non-profit agency that provides information and dispute resolution services to tenants, mobilehome owners, and landlords.  Project Sentinel answers questions and helps to resolve disputes involving deposits, rent increases, nonpayment of rent, and other rental housing and mobilehome park issues.   To contact Project Sentinel call (408) 720-9888 or toll free (888) 331-3332 or you can visit their Web site at http://housing.org/tenant-landlord-assistance/.  All services are free and confidential.

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How do I make a complaint about my Mobilehome Park?

Contact the Mobilehome Ombudsman.   This office receives and processes complaints from the public and from public officials related to living in manufactured homes and mobilehomes.  Staff provides information, coordination, referrals, and other assistance to help resolve complaints generally related to:

  • The operation of mobilehome parks related to health and safety matters.
  • The purchase, sale, financing, titling and registration of manufactured homes and mobilehomes.
  • The installation, inspection, and maintenance or alteration of manufactured homes, mobilehome accessory structures, and park grounds.

Visit their Web site California Mobilehome Ombudsman's Office.  Here you can find information on filing a claim, receive information on mobilehome ownership, and have many other questions answered.  Or you can call their office toll-free at 1-800-952-5275 for more information.

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Where do I find forms for my court case?

Judicial Council Forms – Fillable online forms

Turbo Court – Web site that helps you find and fill out forms for your legal case

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Where can I find information regarding my small claims case?

Contact the Superior Court Clerk’s office or visit the Court’s Web site at www.sccsuperiorcourt.org/smallclaims/.  For advice on your small claims case, contact the Small Claims Advisor.  Their number is (408) 556-3000 (option #2, then #6).

You can also visit these helpful Web sites:

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How do I file a complaint against a business?

Contact the Better Business Bureau.  The Better Business Bureau accepts consumer-business complaints alleging misrepresentation in advertising or a problem with a company's goods or services.  They can be contacted at 1112 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128(408) 278-7400. Or visit their Web site: San Jose Better Business Bureau.

They do NOT accept the following:

  • Complaints about employee-employer disputes;
  • Complaint about landlord-tenant disputes;
  • Complaints about government agencies;
  • Complaints based upon prices or fees where no misrepresentation is involved;
  • Complaints about any matter that has already been decided by or is pending in a court of law;
  • Complaints about disputes between private parties;
  • Anonymous complaints;

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How do I get information regarding my Social Security benefits?

Visit the Social Security Office’s Web site where you can apply for benefits, request a social security card, and access to many other services and helpful information. Social Security Homepage

You can also visit your local Social Security office. To locate your local office, visit this Web site:  Social Security Office Locator

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Can you recommend a lawyer?  I cannot afford an attorney.  Will you represent me in my lawsuit?

The City Attorney’s Office does not provide legal services or attorney recommendations to the general public.  Here are a few agencies that may be able to assist you with a referral to an attorney: 

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Other Helpful Resources

Non-Profit Legal Service Providers

  • Bay Area Legal Aid – Provides civil legal services for low-income individuals
  • Senior Adults Legal Assistance – provides free legal services and community education to Santa Clara County residents who are age 60 or older (408) 295-5991
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley – provides helps to individuals through five programs (408) 293-4790
    • Health Legal Services – Provides specialized legal assistance for HIV-positive individuals, including housing rights, employment rights, estate planning & wills, etc.
    • Fair Housing Law Project – provides free legal services to people who have experienced discrimination in acquiring or keeping housing in Santa Clara County
    • Legal Advocates for Children & Youth – Provides free legal representation, advocacy, and information to minors and regarding minors
    • Mental Health Advocacy Project – provides specialized services, including poverty prevention, housing rights, and patients’ rights, for people identified as having mental health or developmental disabilities
    • Public Interest Law Firm – Provides legal advice and advocacy in many areas, such as civil rights, fair, habitable, and affordable housing, consumer protection, disability access, etc.
  • LawHelpCalifornia.org – helping low-income Californians solve legal problems.
  • Public Interest Clearinghouse – California Web site for public interest issues.

Legal Research Resources

Government Agencies

Domestic Violence

  • Superior Court Restraining Order Help Center – Provides forms and information on applying for a restraining order (408) 534-5709
    • San Jose– 170 Park Center Plaza (Superior Court Basement)
    • Sunnyvale– 650 W. El Camino Real
    • Morgan Hill– 301 Diana Ave.
  • Community Solutions – Provides intensive treatment and residential care, 24-hour crisis intervention, confidential shelter and support services, school and community counseling services, legal advocacy, and prevention and education programs (408) 842-7138
  • Support Network for Battered Women – helps women and families suffering domestic violence by providing a residential shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and other critical services
  • Next Door – Provides prevention and intervention services to diverse ethnic and low-income families
    • 234 E. Gish Road, Suite 200, San Jose, CA95112
    • Emergency Hotline: (408) 279-2962

Employment Law

  • Alexander Law Center – Provides pro bono advice and representation in several areas including workers’ rights, consumer rights and immigration rights
    • 1030 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
    • (408) 288-7030
  • Employment Law Center – provide free and confidential information to low-income workers about their legal rights and the steps they may take to protect and assert those rights
    • 600 Harrison Street, Suite 120, San Francisco, CA 94107
    • (415) 864-8848

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City Attorney

Joan Borger

 

 

City of Sunnyvale

Normal City Hours of Operation are
8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

(408) 730-7500

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