Herrera applauds sanctuary ruling

City Attorney Dennis Herrera criticized the lawsuit by backers of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, saying: “Every violation alleged in this federal lawsuit—literally every single one of them—is factually inaccurate.”
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a trial court ruling that found President Trump’s executive order on sanctuary jurisdictions is unconstitutional.

Herrera: ‘No one is above the law, not even the president.’

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 1, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today released the following statement on today’s decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finding that President Donald Trump’s executive order that sought to strip federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions was unconstitutional:

“This is why we have courts. When a president overreaches and tries to assert authority he doesn’t have under the Constitution, there needs to be a check on that power grab. The courts did that today, which is exactly what the framers of the Constitution had in mind.

We are a nation of laws, and no one is above the law, not even the president.” [Read more]


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Climate Change

City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on behalf of their respective cities against the top five oil and gas companies, asking the courts to hold them responsible for the costs of the infrastructure necessary to protect their cities from the consequences of climate change caused by their massive production of fossil fuels.

Sanctuary Cities

On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.

Gun Safety

Five online suppliers that had been flouting both state and San Francisco law by selling illegal large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in California have agreed to a wide-ranging injunction that compels them to follow the law. The settlement agreement improves safety in California communities and ensures that rogue companies comply with the law.

Affordable Housing

In efforts to combat the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken broad actions ranging from filing lawsuits against unscrupulous landowners like Academy of Art University to cracking down on affordable housing fraudsters.


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