By Julie Bernard
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 person, and a devoted parent. I might know this better than anyone else, because he is my husband and partner of over 20 years.
CULVER CITY SERVICE
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. After graduating, he hoped to return to Southern California, but he put his plans on hold after we met. He patiently waited for two years while I finished my degree, working as a payroll and benefits clerk for a UC Berkeley department and paying off his student loans.
CAREERS IN LAW
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 2005, we moved from Palms to Culver City. We adopted a dog, got married, and had our first child, Serena, and then, almost three years later, our second child, Henry. Along the way, Alex was made a partner at his firm. 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. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it has also given him more free time to eat dinner with our family, take our kids to the park, cheer for them on the sidelines of their games, and see them perform at school events.
CHARACTER and VISION
Alex is someone who always listens, is brimming with creative, workable ideas, and who has a well-reasoned and compassionate outlook on even the most complex issues our city faces. I hope you’ll get a chance to meet Alex and learn about the vision he has for Culver City and to see for yourself what an excellent councilperson he will make.
I’d love for you to meet Alex at a campaign event, chairing the Committee on Homelessness, speaking out at city council, running along the Ballona Creek pathway, taking our kids to school at El Marino, riding the Expo line to work, and –hopefully- knocking on your door to ask for your vote in Spring 2018.
Mother to Serena Fisch (8) and Henry Fisch (5)
Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at East Los Angeles College
Proud Wife and Endorser of Alex Fisch for Culver City Council