WHAT IF I HAVE A COMPLAINT ABOUT ADA ACCESSIBILITY?
Individuals with a complaint that a City program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities may complete a grievance form, which should be directed to:
c/o Human Resources
City of Simi Valley
2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
WHO CAN I SPEAK WITH REGARDING LANDLORD TENANT ISSUES?
The City Attorney’s Office does not handle landlord/tenant issues or disputes. For assistance you can contact the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office at (805) 654-2500 or you can visit the website. The California Department of Consumer Affairs is also a good resource for landlord/tenant issues. The website is http://www.dca.ca.gov.
HOW DO I GET PAID FOR DAMAGES THAT THE CITY APPEARS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR?
If you believe you have a valid claim against the City of Simi Valley, a Claim for Damage Form must be completed and submitted to the City Clerk’s Office generally within six months from the date of the incident, depending upon the type of incident.
After you file your claim, it will be investigated by the City, which will take from two to six weeks. If the City determines that the facts and the law relating to your claim entitle you to the damages, which you have claimed, a settlement offer will be mailed to you. After 45 days from the date you file your claim, unless it is accepted, by statute it is deemed denied by operation of law. If you don’t receive either an offer or rejection within eight weeks, please call the City Attorney’s Office at (805) 583-6714 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
It is within the claimant’s discretion to seek private legal counsel to assist in this process.
DOES THE CITY ATTORNEY HAVE JURISDICTION OVER THE SUPERIOR COURT IN SIMI VALLEY?
The City Attorney does not have jurisdiction over the court system. If you need court related information for the Ventura County Courts you may visit the website. The telephone numbers for the East County Division of the Superior Court in Simi Valley: Civil (805) 582-8086 and for Criminal/Traffic (805) 654-8080. The telephone numbers for the Main Courthouse of the Superior Court, County of Ventura: Civil (805) 654-2609 and for Criminal/Traffic (805) 654-2611.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CITY ATTORNEY AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY?
The City Attorney’s Office conducts both civil and criminal functions for the City of Simi Valley. It represents the City of Simi Valley in all its legal affairs. Its prosecution functions entails handling misdemeanors and infractions (for example, drinking in public and zoning violations) related to violations of the Municipal Code of the City.
The District Attorney’s Office is a county department, which handles the criminal prosecution of felonies (i.e., murder, theft, rape, domestic abuse, etc.) and state misdemeanors. The local branch of the District Attorney’s Office for Ventura County located in the City of Ventura can be reached at (805) 654-2500 or visit the website.
CAN THE CITY ATTORNEY GIVE PRIVATE CITIZENS LEGAL ADVICE?
The City Attorney’s Office does not represent private individual citizens in private legal matters. Legal advice for private individual citizens can be obtained from private legal counsel retained at each individual’s discretion and cost.
To assist you in obtaining private counsel, you can contact:
Ventura County Bar Association at (805) 654-2500 or visit the website. State Bar of California at (415) 538-2250 or visit the website. Lawyer’s Referral Service at (805) 650-7599.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MY ARREST?
Once a warrant has been issued by the Court, the City Attorney’s Office does not have the authority to reverse the judge’s decision.
If you are in this type of situation, and reside within the City of Simi Valley, and wish to address this matter, you should immediately contact the Superior Court, East County Division, criminal division at (805) 582-8080 for assistance.