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April 10, 2018 — Local Elections

City of Culver CityCandidate for City Council

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Harden Alexander "Alex" Fisch

Public Environmental Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect Culver City from the dangers of unsafe oil drilling and fracking, while working toward a future without neighborhood oil drilling
  • Make housing and social services more accessible for all residents of Culver City
  • Make Culver City an even better place to raise a family by partnering with schools, promoting safe streets, investing in youth programs, and expanding municipal broadband to residents



Profession:Public Environmental Attorney
Chairperson, Culver City Committee on Homelessness — Appointed position (2017–current)
Member, Culver City Committee on Homelessness — Appointed position (2015–current)


UCLA School of Law J.D., Business Law Program, Corporate Finance Emphasis (2002)
U.C. Berkeley B.A., Political Economy of Industrialized Societies (1997)


Alex Fisch is a smart, dedicated Culver City resident with a stellar record of occupational achievements and a unique skillset that make him an exceptional candidate to guide our wonderful town into the future.  Perhaps more importantly, though, he is also a sincere, kind, and compassionate personand a devoted parent.

When we moved to Culver City in 2005, it was already a wonderful place to live and to raise children, but it was clear that it was changing quickly. Alex, who had long been interested in cities and urban planning and had worked at nearly all levels of public bureaucracy, saw the opportunity to participate in local government and to help be a part of shaping the city our kids will grow up in and in which we will someday hopefully retire.

Alex became active in many facets of Culver City life, including Bike Culver City, Culver City Community Coalition, Ballona Creek Renaissance, and Culver City Action Network.  He joined and is now chair of the Culver City Committee on Homelessness, through which he is working to develop and implement pilot programs that will provide new workforce and rapid rehousing opportunities for Culver City veterans, seniors, and other residents facing homelessness. In 2016, he worked on the successful “No on Measure CA” campaign. Alex is a member of the Board of Directors for the Rancho Higuera Neighborhood Association and was an active participant in the visioning study for the Transit Oriented District. He has spoken out at city council on matters ranging from sanctuary city status, safe streets, the Inglewood oil field, clean water, polystyrene, and other neighborhood issues.

Alex grew up in Camarillo, California, the son of a social worker and a probation officer who worked for the County of Ventura. He was a scholar athlete (he was awarded a National Merit Scholarship), and he worked as a California state lifeguard through his college years.

He attended UC Berkeley, earning his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Economy of Industrial Societies.  Alex attended UCLA Law, where he excelled, graduating in the top 10 of his class, and finished with an offer to join a corporate/bankruptcy law firm as an associate after serving as a clerk for a federal judge, the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


As an attorney, Alex worked on a broad array of corporate and insolvency issues that involved individuals, corporations, cities, hospitals, and other entities. His practice exposed him to a wide variety of legal problems but also helped him to develop skills in negotiating disputes, developing consensus, and finding workable solutions to difficult problems. While in private practice, he provided pro bono services to help Didi Hirsch acquire a mental health services facility in Glendale, for which he received a commendation from the County of Los Angeles.


In 2014, looking to practice law in a way that would be more meaningful and create a better balance for our family, Alex happily accepted a job as a Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Law Section for the California State Attorney General(then Kamala Harris, now Xavier Becerra). This position has enabled him to parlay his background for the good of the people of California, and he has worked on behalf of the state to foster clean air and water, litigate recycling fraud, recover costs for brush fires, and hold negligent oil companies accountable. This change also enabled him to serve as a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Field Research. 

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (8)

  • Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells
  • Council Member Thomas Small
  • School Board Member Summer McBride
  • School Board Member Steven Levin, Ph.D.
  • School Board Member Kathy Paspalis, Esq.
  • School Board Member Kelly Kent, Ph.D.

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