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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 67

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Onica Valle Cole

Attorney/Mother
208,478 votes (18.86%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public safety - As a career Los Angeles Prosecutor I have spent the last 16 years protecting and serving the People of the State of California as a Consumer Fraud Prosecutor/Attorney.
  • Fairness and Compassion: We need to spend our public resources wisely, helping those who need and are ready to accept responsibility for their mistakes so they can contribute to society.
  • Transparency: The People of the State of California need to have confidence in our judicial system, transparency is a cornerstone for confidence to flourish. Justice for All is my campaign theme.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Consumer Fraud Prosecutor/Attorney/Mother
Judge, Temporary Judge Program, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles Superior Court — Appointed position (2016–current)
Director of Curriculum, Catechist, Holy Family Sunday Preschool — Elected position (2014–current)
Hiker, 2005 to the present, Hike Leader, Wilderness Travel Course Grad, Sierra Club — Elected position (2005–current)
Donation Committee, Moorfield, Alhambra Unified School District Preschool Program for Children with Autism — Appointed position (2017–current)
Communications and Volunteer Co-chair, Holy Family Catholic Church — Elected position (2016–current)
Deputy City Attorney, Consumer Fraud & Workforce Protection Unit, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office (2002–2018)
Litigation Associate, Beck, De Corso, Daly and Kreindler (2000–2002)
Litigation Associate, Even, Crandall, Wade, Lowe and Gates (1998–2000)
Law Clerk, Hewitt and Prout (1998–1999)
Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District (1996–1998)

Education

Loyola Law School J.D. (1998)
Loyola Law School J.D. (1998)
Yale University B.A., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry (1993)

Community Activities

Hike Leader, Nomination Committee, Sierra,Club (2005–current)
Hike Leader, Nomination Committee, Sierra,Club (2005–current)
Opening Ceremonies Chair, Volunteer Coordinator, American Youth Soccer Organization (2015–2016)
Membership Chair, Mentor, Motivating Our Students Through Experience MOSTE (2000–2013)

Biography

Career Prosecutor with an Ivy League Education

Significant Jury Trial and Courtroom Experience

Married to Law Enforcement Officer and committed to protecting our community

Appointed as a Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, Temporary Judge Program

Committed to Fairness and Transparency

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • National Women Political Caucus
  • Los Angeles Association of African American Women Political Action Committee
  • Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton

Elected Officials (1)

  • Holly Mitchell, California State Senator

Individuals (1)

  • Diane Watson, Former U.S. Representative and California State Senator

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from Onica Valle Cole:
Intellect, experience and passion for justice as evident from their work experience.
How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Onica Valle Cole:

Modify court hours to allow litigants access during non-traditional hours, i.e. evenings and weekends; Provide child care in all court buildings; re-open courtrooms closed during the last fiscal crisis and use of video-conferencing to minimize delays in attending court proceedings.

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from Onica Valle Cole:
Yes, we need to reorganize our priorities, for example what is often prosecuted within the City of Los Angeles as a misdemeanor, is often prosecuted as a felony.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • Passionate regarding Social Justice issues, the theme of my campaign is "Justice for All." Currently taking select cases to identify and pursue personal causes such as the rights of disabled citizens, mental health parity, environmental justice and educational opportunities for special need students and their families.
  • We must address mental health before it demonstrates it power in the form of "lethal dispair.'

 

Videos (4)

NBC News coverage of Jesus Lozano, prosecuted by Onica Valle Cole for fraud.

Prosecution of Eblin Balver from Downey, CA re: immigration and real estate fraud, witness intimidation and violation of probation by Onica Valle Cole. 

Immigration Fraud/False Attorney Panorama City — April 5, 2018 Channel 7 News

Press conference by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer re: Prosecution of Gloria Saucedo and Hermanidad Mexicana Nacional

— April 5, 2018 Onica Valle Cole for Judge, FPIC 1384674

Telling my story of escaping violence and poverty, Onica Valle Cole, no more hidden figures.

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