Tina Hess, an attorney who has served 25 years in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, has officially announced her campaign for the Los Angeles City Council 11th District.
Hess is vying for the seat currently held by Councilman Bill Rosendahl in the March 5 municipal primary. The other candidates on the ballot include Mike Bonin, chief of staff for Rosendahl; teacher Odysseus Bostick; and community advocate Frederick Sutton.
Hess is currently the deputy chief of the Complex and Special Litigation Division of the Criminal Branch at the City Attorney’s Office. Prior to her promotion to deputy chief, she was a supervisor in the Safe Neighborhoods and Gangs Division where she supervised the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program, the Problem Property Resolution Team, the Slum Housing Task Force, the Narcotics Enforcement Surveillance Team, and numerous other programs.
With 25 years’ experience in city government, Hess believes she has the deepest and most informed perspective on how to reform the city government. She notes that she has spent the last two and a half decades fighting legal battles from outside of the city’s “policy arm.”
Hess hopes to make government work better and be more efficient. Some issues she would focus on include seeking solutions for homelessness and providing social services to veterans and women in need.
She believes in reducing dependency on foreign fossil fuels, providing alternative transportation solutions, supporting services for women, and equal rights for all. The attorney said she proposes enforcing regulations on corporations who attempt to pollute and corrupt the legislature, and providing incentives to those who follow pollution reduction estimates.