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Alan Leigh Armstrong: Good system needed

October 31, 2002

RACE FOR CITY ATTORNEY

Name: Alan Leigh Armstrong

Age: 57

Occupation: Attorney/adjunct professor

Family: Wife of 30 years, Margie; two sons, Don, 23, and Mark, 20.

Community activities: Committee member and former chairman of Boy

Scout Troop 568; cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 506 1990-93;

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communicator with Huntington Beach Radio Amateur Community Emergency

Service and Orange County Red Cross; Huntington Beach Chamber of

Commerce; lawyer for Orange County Bar Assn. Call-A-Lawyer program;

panel attorney for the Legal Clinic operated by the Para-legal

Department of Coastline Community College. I am also a chancellor,

lay reader and a lay Eucharistic Minister at St. James Episcopal

Church.

Education: Bachelor's in physics from UC Riverside (1967);

doctorate from Western State University in Fullerton (1984).

Favorite leader: Ronald Reagan.

Contact information: (714) 375-1147; fax (714) 375-1149; e-mail

alan@alanarmstrong.com; Web site www.alanarmstrong.com.

ARMSTRONG ON:

* SAVING MONEY IN THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE:

Bringing as much work in house as possible and do it as

efficiently as possible. Any outside work must be carefully managed.

* RUNNING THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE MORE EFFICIENTLY:

To run efficiently, the city attorney's office needs management

systems. Every lawsuit, ordinance or legal question contains one or

more "action items." Each action item must be "captured" and put into

a system. The system has to be a "trusted system." That is a system

that will not forget or lose the action.

Once in the system, the attorney or staff person who is working on

the action item must have available a plan to complete the action and

any previous or related casework that would be helpful to the action.

While one lawsuit may be different from another, there will be

many similarities. There is discovery to propound, discovery to

respond to and decisions to be made. If an ordinance is to be

drafted, the municipal code will have to be checked to see if the new

ordinance will change an existing ordinance. The ordinance will have

to be checked to make sure it does not conflict with California law,

federal law or the Constitution.

A good system will remind people of what to do, thus minimizing

the possibility of forgetting to take every necessary action. That

should eliminate some lawsuits. If a good system had been applied to

the ban on airplane banners, the city would have known that it might

be sued for limiting free speech by closing a public forum.

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