Los Angeles, California , United States
|| August 21, 1964
Jan 18, 2017 11:19pm
Moderate-to-Liberal - Pro-Gun control -
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Jack Weiss: Hell no
Jack Weiss was elected to the 5th District of the Los Angeles City Council in June 2001. The district spans the hillsides to include parts of the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles.
Much of Jack Weiss� legislative program is dedicated to improving the City�s ability to prevent disasters and respond to emergencies, particularly through improved local homeland security. In 2002 he wrote �Preparing Los Angeles for Terrorism � A Ten-Point Plan� which is among the most thorough assessments of local threat preparedness in the nation. In 2002, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) selected him as the �New Democrat of the Week� to recognize his leadership on local security, and he was named one the �100 New Democrats to Watch� in 2003.
A former federal prosecutor, Jack Weiss continuously works to ensure that police policies and practices reflect modern standards. Through his position on the Council�s Public Safety Committee, Jack Weiss strives to achieve meaningful reform in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He led the way to increase DNA testing by the LAPD to identify and prosecute rapists. The Los Angeles County Sexual Assault Coordinating Council honored him for this work in 2003.
Environmental issues are a significant legislative priority for Jack Weiss. He has focused his efforts on cleaning up Santa Monica Bay and our urban waterways, for which he received the Award for Public Service from the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters in April 2003. He was appointed to serve as president of the Santa Monica Bay Watershed Council and as the first chair of the newly formed Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission in July 2003.
As Chair of the Council�s Information Technology and General Services Committee, Jack Weiss is committed to consumer protection by holding cable television providers accountable to a higher standard of service. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Audits & Governmental Efficiency Committee and is a member of the Planning & Land Use Management Committee.
Prior to his election, Jack Weiss served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, where he was assigned to the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section. He focused
on criminal prosecutions involving sophisticated white collar crimes, corrupt public officials,
civil rights violations, and violent crimes.
Jack Weiss is active in numerous civic and professional organizations. He serves on the Southwest Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League. He is a founding member of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Westside Urban Forum, Heal the Bay, and Los Angeles County Young Democrats, and has served on many local bodies and bar committees.
Jack Weiss received his law degree from UCLA, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton University, where he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before returning to law school, he worked as a foreign policy adviser on Capitol Hill and as an arms control researcher in Washington, D.C. He is married and has two children.
The communities he serves include Sherman Oaks, Valley Village and Encino, and Westwood, Century City, Bel Air, Beverlywood, the Fairfax District, Cheviot Hills, Palms, West Los Angeles, and Carthay Circle, as well as the Hollywood Hills communities between the 405 Freeway and Laurel Canyon.
Source: Los Angeles City Council