John G. Barisone, City Attorney
333 Church Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and represents the City of Santa Cruz in all legal proceedings. He or she advises the City Council, City administrative staff, and City advisory bodies on a variety of legal matters. The City Attorney attends meetings of the City Council and frequently provides legal advice and opinions for items being considered by the Council. In addition, the City Attorney either prepares or approves for legal content proposed ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents. The City Attorney does not provide free legal advice or service to private citizens.