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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Alameda County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 1

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David G. Lim

Prosecutor/ City Councilmember
74,601 votes (23.27%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure equal access to our Courts, and fair and unbiased decisions for all citizens.
  • Reduce or eliminate the expensive fees to access Court records by advocating for more funding for our Court system.
  • Work hard for each and every citizen of the State of California to maintain the high integrity and good reputation of our Courts.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Real Estate Fraud Prosecutor, Alameda County District Attorney's Office / Deputy Mayor, City of San Mateo
Deputy District Attorney / Real Estate Fraud Unit, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (2013–current)
Councilmember, San Mateo City Council — Elected position (2009–current)
Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office (2012–2013)
Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (1999–2012)
Adjunct Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (1994–1995)
Public School Teacher, 7th Grade World History, Los Angeles Unified School District (Paul Revere Middle School) (1993–1994)

Education

UC Hastings College of the Law J.D., Law (1999)
UCLA M.Ed., Teaching Credential & Secondary Education (1993)
UCLA B.A. , Political Science (1992)

Biography

David has spent his entire life in public service.  Since 1999, he has worked as a Deputy District Attorney.  He currently works full-time as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, and has worked in the office for 15 years. 

 

 

David is assigned to the real estate fraud division, where he protects the community from all manner of real estate fraud crimes.  David has protected seniors who faced foreclosure due to con artists who target elders in identify theft schemes and other crimes. 

 

 

David has also worked tirelessly to protect home owners from unfair foreclosure practices brought on by banks. 

 

 

David has tried over 45 jury trials to verdict, including DUI’s, domestic violence, murders, robberies, child sexual assaults, real estate fraud, and complex white collar crimes.   

 

 

Community service is important to David, and since 2009 he has given back to his community by serving as a part-time City Councilmember for the City of San Mateo.  In 2013, David was honored to serve as the Mayor for San Mateo. 

 

 

Prior to law school, David worked in the Washington, D.C. office of the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui. 

 

 

David was also an adjunct professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education, working to address equal access to quality education in our public schools in the wake of the Rodney King Riots in 1992. 

 

 

Starting his professional life dedicated to children, David was a public school teacher in Los Angeles, teaching 7th grade world history. 

 

 

David holds a J.D. from Hastings Law School, a M.Ed. from the UCLA School of Education, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA. 

 

 

A proud first-generation American, David grew up spending weekends working at his parent’s grocery store in Los Angeles. 

 

David is married to Terri Lim, a pharmacist at Lucile Packard Children’s and they have three young children.  David enjoys running marathons (17 finishes – none very fast!), playing the guitar (badly), and exploring the Bay Area with his family.  

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Butch Ford

Organizations (5)

  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Bay Area News Group / East Bay Times
  • Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Elected Officials (48)

  • Marilyn Ashcraft, Alameda City Council
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Dianne Martinez, Emeryville Mayor
  • Benny Lee, San Leandro City Council
  • Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council
  • Abel Guillen, Oakland City Council
  • Margaret Fujioka, Piedmont Mayor
  • Sue Chan, Fremont City Council
  • Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Council
  • Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle
  • Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan
  • State Assemblyman Phil Ting
  • State Assemblyman Evan Low
  • State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
  • State Assemblyman David Chiu
  • State Assemblyman Kansen Chu
  • State Assemblyman Bill Quirk
  • State Assemblyman Rob Bonta
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • State Treasurer John Chiang
  • San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe
  • Judge Elizabeth Lee
  • Judge Paul Colin
  • Judge Delia Trevino
  • Judge Greg Syren
  • Judge Thomas Rogers
  • Judge Stephen Pulido
  • Judge Scott Patton
  • Judge Yolanda Northridge
  • Judge Kevin Murphy
  • Judge Robert McGuiness
  • Judge Mark McCannon
  • Judge Ursula Jones-Dickson
  • Judge Allan Hymer
  • Judge Jeffrey Horner
  • Judge Stuart Hing
  • Judge Roy Hashimoto
  • Judge Dan Grimmer
  • Judge Delbert Gee
  • Judge Tara Desautels
  • Judge Paul Delucchi
  • Judge Armando Cuellar
  • Judge C. Don Clay

Individuals (24)

  • Jules Bonjour
  • Larry Blazer
  • Matthew Beltramo
  • Ben Beltramo
  • Tim Wagstaffe
  • Eddie Vieira-Ducey
  • Angela Steffes
  • Stacie Pettigrew
  • Greg O'Connell
  • Bob Mertens
  • Jack Noonan
  • Jill Nerone
  • Erin Loback
  • Celia Lee
  • Neil Layton
  • Danny Lau
  • Melissa Krum
  • Vickie Jensen
  • Autrey James
  • Kevin Ikuma
  • Stuart Hanlon
  • Elizabeth Grossman
  • Demetrius Costy
  • Steven Jesse Corral

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (1)

Many people feel that a backlog of cases has led to a situation where people cannot get reasonable access to the civil justice system. Do you believe that there is a problem with access? Please explain in detail and indicate whether or not you would support expanding court hours.
Answer from David G. Lim:
Fair and equal access to our Court is a right of every citizen. As a Judge, I will work hard to expand Court hours so that resident from all walks of life will have reasonable access to our Courts. As the son of working class parents, I know that people lead busy lives. To that end, I will set my Courtroom hours to be accessible as often as is reasonably possible so that all members of our community will have access to the Court. I do believe public access is a problem, and I will work to improve the working hours of our Courts in a way that is respectful to the citizens of California.

Political Beliefs

For over 25 years, I have been committed to public service.  I believe all invididuals have a right to equal access to the law and our Court.  My experience is a testament to social justice for all:

 

  •  Fifteen year career as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County protecting residents from serious and violent felons
  • Ten years as a real estate fraud prosecutor in Alameda County protecting homeowners from mortgage fraud

 

 

  • Bringing consumer protection lawsuits to ensure that big banks treat all homeowners equally and fairly

 

 

  • Part-time City Councilmember in the City of San Mateo, including serving as Mayor

 

 

  • Former public school teacher in Los Angeles public schools

 

 

  • Former adjunct professor at UCLA School of Education to address equal access to education in the wake of the Rodney King Riots in 1992

Candidate Contact Info

Email lim4judge@gmail.com

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