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Candice Lee

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Overview

Candice has extensive experience advising public agencies on sophisticated land use issues and all aspects of municipal law such as the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, CEQA, constitutional law, conflicts of interest and stormwater regulation. 

Candice is proud of her longstanding relationships with her city clients, many spanning from the beginning of her legal career.  She focuses on developing practical advice and solutions for her city clients and delivering clearly written advice that is easy to understand.

Work for Clients

Candice serves as City Attorney for the Cities of Agoura Hills and Covina and as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Temecula.  She also serves as counsel for the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center Joint Powers Authority and the Los Angeles Gateway Region Integrated Regional Water Management Joint Powers Authority (otherwise known as the Gateway Water Management Authority).  She previously served as Assistant City Attorney and Planning Commission Counsel for the Cities of Agoura Hills and Artesia. 

Candice’s legal practice includes:

  • Advising cities on general plans and specific plans, complex commercial developments, mixed-use developments, downtown revitalization plans, and open space preservation and dedication.
  • Advising over two dozen cities on environmental compliance matters relating to the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and NPDES stormwater permit issues. This includes preparing and negotiating multi-agency cooperative agreements relating to stormwater permit compliance issues and preparing petitions for review before the State Water Resources Control Board relating to stormwater permits.
  • Working closely with city planners and environmental consultants to ensure that an Environmental Impact Report, Mitigated Negative Declaration, or Negative Declaration and related approvals for a project are consistent with CEQA.
  • Drafting and negotiating municipal contracts, such as professional services agreements, development agreements, settlement agreements, public works contracts and franchise agreements for natural gas, oil and water.
  • Preparing ordinances and resolutions on many subjects, including zoning, stormwater quality, historic districts, noise abatement, water and oil franchises, public works projects, purchasing procedures, development impact fees (including compliance with AB 1600), various other user and recovery fees, and business improvement districts.

Professional Experience

Candice was a summer associate at RWG in 2002, and joined the firm as an associate in 2003.  Candice also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in 2001.

Honors & Awards

Honoree, First 100 Asian Pacific American Women Law Firm Partners in Los Angeles

Professional and Community Affiliations

City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County

Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Experience

Candice advises cities on complex land use transactions and capital improvement projects.  Major notable projects include:

  • Negotiating a development agreement and advising on land use and CEQA issues for a multi-party, public-private partnership based mixed use project with residential, commercial and public transit components.
  • Advising on legal issues relating to the development, construction, operation and management of a new, state-of-the-art city recreation and event center.
  • Advising on land use and environmental issues for a large luxury automobile dealership project.
  • Advising on land use and environmental issues for a new regional hospital.
  • Advising on the development of a new form-based Downtown Specific Plan.

Presentations

Candice has given numerous presentations and trainings to public officials on local government fundamentals such as the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, land use planning and zoning, City Council and Planning Commission meeting management, and AB 1234 (ethics training). 

Publications

EDITORIAL POSITIONS

Law Reviews

  • Senior Notes and Comments Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review

League of California Cities Publications

  • Former Contributing Editor and Reviewer, California Municipal Law Handbook

PUBLICATIONS

  • Access Denied: Limitations on Pro Se Litigants’ Access to the Courts in the Eighth Circuit
    2003
    36 U.C. Davis Law Review 5

Education

J.D., University of California, Davis, School of Law

B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles

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