Yolanda M. Summerhill
Yolanda Summerhill currently serves as City Attorney to the City of Santa Fe Springs and past and present Assistant City Attorney to the cities of Costa Mesa, Placentia and Upland, as well as Successor Agency counsel for Placentia, West Covina and Westminster.
Ms. Summerhill joined the firm in 2000 and has regularly advised the firm’s client cities on the Brown Act, conflicts of interest under the Political Reform Act & Government Code Section 1090, Public Records Act, land use issues, compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, competitive bidding, public contracts, and elections.
During her career, she has worked on a wide array of development projects including the transformation of Placentia’s industrial area along the railroad tracks into a vibrant transit-oriented development community; projects within Costa Mesa’s North Costa Mesa Specific Plan north of the I-405 freeway and the SoBECA District, south of the I-405, and the City of Whittier’s redevelopment of a former juvenile correctional facility including a commercial/residential project. She has worked with city staff in the preparation of specific plans, zone changes, and general plan amendments; advised several cities through the General Plan Update process; negotiated and drafted exclusive negotiating agreements, owner participation agreements and development agreements. With all these and other projects, she has ensured compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans, and other state laws.
She has worked on many aspects of the election process including obtaining voter approval on sales tax measure; the initiative, referendum, and recall process; working with elections officials in the preparation of voter materials and ensuring compliance with state legislation affecting local elections; and making presentations to poll workers of their obligations under state and federal election laws.
She has researched and drafted dozens of ordinances on a multitude of issues beginning with the more traditional areas such as public contracting procedure, zoning regulations, conflicts of interest, and conduct of meetings to the more innovative regulations including disclosure requirements during labor negotiations, ordinance requiring proportion of general fund spent on capital infrastructure, electronic cigarette regulation, as well as ordinances regulating medical marijuana dispensaries and sober living facilities.
Ms. Summerhill graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1998. She received the American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Research and Writing. She was selected as one of three finalists successfully chosen in a regional competition for a clerkship with some of Northern California’s most distinguished legal departments. In the formation of her legal career, she opted to work for a public agency, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and has been representing public agencies ever since.
She is fluent in Spanish, semi-fluent in Portuguese, an avid runner and proud mother of 2 boys.
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