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David J. Aleshire

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David J. Aleshire

Dave Aleshire has been practicing municipal law, environmental, redevelopment, franchising, municipal, and zoning and land use law since graduating from UCLA with a J.D. in 1975 and M.A. in urban planning in 1976.  Mr. Aleshire graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1972.  Mr. Aleshire has been AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating process, which reflects the highest level of skill and integrity.  He was named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2009 - 2014.  Mr. Aleshire’s life-long devotion to public service has been the result of his efforts to emulate his father, a city manager for 35 years.

Mr. Aleshire has served as Assistant City Attorney or City Attorney for 12 different cities, including Banning, Bell, Palm Springs, Irvine, Cerritos, Norwalk, Signal Hill, San Dimas, Lawndale, Irwindale, San Jacinto, and Perris.  He has had long stints as City Attorney at Palm Springs (15 years) and Lawndale (17 years) and is currently City Attorney at Signal Hill, Banning, and Bell.  Cumulatively he has over 60 years of city attorney service.

Mr. Aleshire spent many years specializing in urban renewal issues, redevelopment and economic development.  In his early years, he has represented redevelopment agencies of the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Monterey Park, Cerritos, Signal Hill, Palm Springs, Banning, Irwindale, and Carson.  he has been heavily involved with dealing with ABx1 26 and the post redevelopment world, including creating new authority for cities to pursue economic development.

Since 2010 Mr. Aleshire has been representing a citizens group in Bell in the recovery of the City, and since the successful recall, the City itself and the new City Council.  The Firm has been involved in over 50 different matters involving restitution from the former corrupt officials, resisting their indemnification and pension claims; correcting internal city controls; dealing with investigations by the SEC, IRS and state agencies; and suing former law firms and accounting firms for malpractice.  The restoration of Bell is one of Mr. Aleshire's most important case projects and ultimately Bell will be back on a sound fiscal basis.

Major projects and programs Mr. Aleshire has accomplished during his career include:

  • Creation of the Signal Hill Auto Center now approaching 50 acres with some 15 brands, and generating over $3M in annual sales taxes to the City.
  • Development of the Signal Hill Town Center including big box users such as Costco and Home Depot, but also encompassing the community’s only market, Food-4-Less.
  • Overcoming numerous issues in transforming the historic 1 billion barrel Signal Hill oil field, in continuous production for 75 years, with complex contamination issues, into a beautiful community with a vibrant local economy.
  • Developing a Palm Springs power center with Lowes, Home Depot, and WalMart, located partially on a former municipal landfill site, and successfully defending the project from environmental challenges.
  • Developing an Indian Gaming Casino in Palm Springs including negotiating a DDA with a tribal government and successfully defending a lawsuit by the California Attorney General.
  • Reclamation of a 126-acre Irwindale mining pit and developing a 2.5 million square foot mixed use project through a development agreement with Trammel Crow (winner of a prestigious Gold Nugget Award).
  • Negotiating a development and financing agreement for an $800 million dollar entertainment and mixed use project with Lennar on a 157-acre site on a former landfill (including a $100 million dollar site remediation program).
  • Negotiating development agreements for 1000+ acre projects for hotel, golf course, and residential development and dealing with sensitive environmental and endangered species issues.
  • Developing major public projects including expanding the Palm Springs Convention Center twice, a championship 36-hole golf course, sewer wastewater plant expansions, parking structures, several city halls and police stations, and numerous water reservoir and other water improvements.
  • Master planning the Palm Springs Airport and undertaking numerous runway and terminal expansions including developing innovative passenger facility charge financing.
  • Developing an innovative franchise program for the Town of Mammoth Lakes to facilitate underground delivery of gas to customers and requiring the franchisee to provide pipeline capacity to other suppliers.
  • Overseeing Palm Springs’ municipalization of energy program to find a national non-Edison supplier of energy services and reduce customer charges by 15%.
  • Negotiating lease agreements to privatize Palm Springs’ wastewater treatment plant with US Filter, a Fortune 500 company.
  • Negotiating many innovative, award-winning affordable housing projects including in Signal Hill alone:  A $9 million, 40-unit, affordable moderate income single family detached project; and a $20 million, 92-unit, low and very low income family project, including a park, child care center and police substation.  (This last project, Las Brisas, won the League of California Cities’ prestigious Helen Putman award in 2006).
  • Overseeing a long term program for Irwindale to require reclamation of multiple 100+ acre mining pits with depths of over 300 feet, and achieving development agreements providing for reclamation, payment of the highest mining taxes in the state, and infrastructure development.
  • Negotiating a 50-year development agreement with Pardee for development of a 5400 unit, 1600 acre project with a golf course and water features, parks, community center, satellite treatment plant and commercial center.
  • Advising the Banning Public Utility and dealing with all its water issues, with a community with extraction rights from five groundwater storage basins, negotiating an acquisition of water rights from a mutual water district owning a 100-year old flume, and overseeing the development of water lines, reservoirs and recycling facilities. 
  • Forming and representing special purpose agencies, including community service districts and joint powers authorities.
  • Developed an economic development ordinances to maximize cities’ authority to pursue economic development projects in California’s post-redevelopment world.

He has been a speaker and authored various articles on municipal law including the subjects of municipal investment, takings, economic development, casino gaming, mixed use development and others, and served as Adjunct Professor of Municipal Law at Southwestern University.