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Roxanne Diaz

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Overview

Roxanne advises public clients on public law and land use issues, CEQA, the Brown Act, conflicts of interest and ethics, and the Public Records Act.  She also specializes in issues of housing and community care facilities.  With more than twenty years of experience, Roxanne has established herself as one of the state’s leading local government law experts.

Work for Clients

Roxanne is City Attorney for the Cities of Hidden Hills, Indio, and Norwalk. She has also served as City Attorney for the City of Manhattan Beach.  Roxanne is widely respected by the City Councilmembers, staff, and community leaders for her knowledge of municipal law, her commitment to transparency, and her calm, practical approach to solving problems.  Roxanne assists the public entities she represents on various legal issues that may range from drafting ordinances and contracts, land use matters and advising on conflict and governance. 

Roxanne is active in several professional organizations including the League of California Cities and currently serves as Parliamentarian for its annual meeting.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon, Roxanne was an extern to the Honorable Thomas E. Carlson, Chief Justice of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

Honors & Awards

Managing Editor, Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2007

Professional and Community Affiliations

Parliamentarian, League of California Cities

Past President, City Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles County

Past Member, League of California Cities Legal Advocacy Committee

Past Member, California Special Districts Association Professional Development Committee

 Past Member, Education Committee for the California Special District’s Association

Board Member, The John Thomas Dye School Board of Trustees, which is located in Los Angeles

Board Member, Students Run Los Angeles

Member, National League of Young Men

Experience

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS

Roxanne has represented several clients in the area of performing arts including being the lead negotiator on a landmark development agreement with Goldenvoice, LLC, the promoters and owners of the world’s largest and most famous music festival franchises, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach, which take place in the City of Indio every spring. The development agreement ensures that the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals stay in the City of Indio through 2030 and allows Goldenvoice the ability to expand from its current three-festival format to a total of five festivals each year, which it did so with the successful Desert Trip concert event.  Roxanne assisted the City of Indio in securing a guaranteed per-ticket fee, which provides much needed revenue to City, as well as a related reimbursement agreement to ensure the festivals are cost-neutral to the City.  In addition, the firm assisted in the preparation and review of a thousand-plus-page unusual environmental impact report that evaluated the environmental effects of “music.”  

Presentations

Roxanne has been a frequent speaker on ethics and local government fundamentals.  She has been a presenter on various topics for the City Clerks Association of California, the Independent Cities Association, the California Contract Cities Association, the American Planning Association California Chapter, the Planning Directors Association of Orange County, the League of California Cities, and the County Counsels Association of California.  Roxanne is also a trainer for the City Clerks Association of California for their annual “nuts and bolts” program.  Her presentations include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Speaker, Real World Ethics in General Law & Charter Cities, California Contract Cities Association
  • Speaker, Lessons Learned: Leadership and Ethics, Independent Cities Association
  • Speaker and Author, Form 700-Easier Than it Looks, California Special District’s Association
  • Speaker and Author, Records Retention, California Special District’s Association
  • Speaker, AB 1234 Ethics Training

Publications

  • The People‚Äôs Business: A Guide to the California Public Records Act
    2008
    League of California Cities, Public Records Act Publication Committee

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law

B.A., California State University, Fullerton

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