Meet Gerrie Schipske, RNP/JD
Gerrie Schipske is a Long Beach native, healthcare consumer attorney, author, former Councilwoman, Long Beach City College Trustee, and CSULB educator, wife, mother, grandmother. Honored by President Obama as a fearless advocate of open, transparent, and accountable government, she is running on four major issues: Anti-Corruption, Neighborhood Protection, Fiscal Responsibility, and Proactive Risk Management.
As a healthcare consumer attorney, Gerrie has represented many clients who faced discrimination from healthcare providers and hospitals, loss of healthcare coverage by insurance companies, and denial of medically necessary care.
Gerrie served on the Medical Board of California for nine years and in that capacity, she reviewed and decided thousands of cases involving disciplinary action against physicians.
As a community leader, Gerrie took on the Long Beach Police Department and fought for reforms in the handling of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. She continued her work as a Presidentially appointed member of the U.S. Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.
Gerrie brought district elections to the Long Beach Community College District which opened the doors to a diverse, representative Board of Trustees.
She stood up against Long Beach politicians who wanted to raise property taxes and water utility rates.
Because of my experience as an attorney, my service on the Long Beach City Council and the wise input of many thoughtful voters of Long Beach, I have decided that I can best serve our community by seeking election as City Attorney.
Everywhere I go in Long Beach, voters tell me they want reform. They want a city government that is open, transparent, and accountable. They want a city government that protects them, makes their neighborhoods safe and reduces and not creates, barriers for owning and operating a business.
The City Attorney shapes every law and policy passed by the City Council and can be the force that brings that needed reform.
I will bring that reform. The voters deserve no less.
Our City Needs New Proactive Leadership.
Most of the work of the Office of City Attorney to date has been reactive and not proactive.
The Office of City Attorney requires aggressive and creative problem-solving ability, which emphasizes the practice of preventative law while keeping City Council and City Staff well informed and up to date on all matters regarding legal implementation, compliance, and legislative impacts.
For example, Long Beach is experiencing an increase in homelessness, unemployment, and crime. Our businesses are reeling from the impact of an epidemic that stole their employees and their customers. Many of our residents are still struggling with the loss of income and housing. In the next few months, the safety-nets put in place during COVID will expire. There will be no more moratoriums on evictions, and we will see a staggering increase in the number of people who have nowhere to live. We must develop proactive, long-term solutions and supportive services that compassionately, yet firmly deal with the core causes of homelessness.
It is time to have a real debate in this City about who we are and where we want to go and what kind of City we want to leave for our kids and grandkids.
Gerrie Schipske is ready to launch this debate by using the full power of the Office of City Attorney to ensure residents, taxpayers, and business owners that Long Beach is proactively doing everything legally possible to make this City the safest and the most ethical and fiscally sound community in which to live, work and thrive.
The Office of City Attorney.
The Office of City Attorney consists of
66 employees, including 25 attorneys. The duties of this office are set forth in the City's Charter, which provides that the City Attorney shall be the sole and exclusive legal advisor of the City, City Council and all City commissions, committees, officers, and employees.
It is charged with municipal legal responsibilities as complex as any in the state. The current annual budget of the Office of City Attorney is $12.2 million dollars.
The City Attorney is the highest paid elected official in Long Beach. The current salary of $319,000 was increased steadily over the past five years.
"Everywhere I go in Long Beach, voters tell me they want reform. They want a city government that is open, transparent, and accountable. They want a city government that protects them, makes their neighborhoods safe and reduces and not creates, barriers for owning and operating a business."
I will also expand the Office of City Attorney’s website so that the public can access real-time information on how the City Attorney is striving to safeguard taxpayer dollars by providing the highest quality legal services to the City and its residents in the most efficient and just manner. The following postings will be added: Legal Opinions, Memorandum of Law and Reports to City Council.
I will roll-back the salary of the City Attorney so that it is no longer the highest paid elected official in Long Beach at $319.000. The salaries of the hard-working men and women in the Office of City Attorney will stay intact.
on various methods to reduce legal costs; create procedures to discuss areas of potential exposure; develop and implement specific strategies calculated to prevent future claims and lawsuits; provide updated training on new changes in laws and policies for each appropriate department to implement; assess the efficacy of corrective action plans; review management training and implementation of City policies; review lessons learned; discuss areas of potential exposure; and report annually on their progress and efforts.
Long Beach needs to prevent claims, not just pay them.