For James Hill, good city government has a secret ingredient: “representation.” After recently serving four years on the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission, he concluded that City Council members could learn a thing or two about the word.
Hill, 60, has made a career of representation. As deputy county counsel, he speaks for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services in juvenile dependency court.
“As a lawyer I know how to represent a client. As a City Council member I’d be representing a constituent, which is a little bit different, but representation is representation,” Hill said, “and we need more of it.”
Hill first moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1973, and for 28 years volunteered as a reserve deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department — “until I became too old and fat to chase bad guys around,” he joked.
Though not actively seeking endorsements or campaign contributions, Hill was one of three candidates to get a thumbs-up from the La Cañada Flintridge Republican Committee.