Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q. Does the City Attorney’s Office run a free legal clinic?

    A. No, but the City of Corona provides meeting space to the Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Association for their monthly free legal aid clinic for low income individuals.  While members of the City Attorney’s Office were responsible for bringing this valuable service to the community and they volunteer in their free time for the legal aid clinic, it is not run by the City.  For further information, please contact the Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Association at (951) 369-3009 or visit the IELLA website.

  • Q. What is the difference between the City Attorney and the District Attorney?

    A. The Corona City Attorney is appointed by the Corona City Council, and the attorneys in the City Attorney’s Office provide legal advice and services to the City Council, as well as all other City officers, boards, commissions, committees and employees in their official capacities.  The City Attorney enforces the Corona Municipal Code, but does not enforce other provisions of federal, state or local laws.  On the other hand, the District Attorney is an elected County of Riverside official who investigates and prosecutes criminal activities throughout the County of Riverside.  To contact the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, call (951) 955-5400.
  • Q. Who does the City Attorney work for?

    A.  The City Attorney, like the City Manager, is directly appointed by the City Council and serves at the pleasure of the Council.  However, the City Attorney does not represent any City officials or employees personally; rather, the City Attorney’s “client” is the City of Corona as a municipal corporation, acting by and through the Corona City Council as a body.
  • Q. Can the City Attorney provide legal advice to private citizens?

    A. No. Attorneys in the office represent only the City Council, as well as all other City officers, boards, commissions, committees and employees in their official capacities.  The City Attorney’s Office cannot give legal advice to or represent individual citizens in legal disputes.  For general questions or if you are seeking legal representation, call the Riverside County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service at (951) 682-7520, the Inland Counties Legal Aid Services at (951) 368-2555, or the Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Association at (951) 369-3009.
  • Q. What is a “public nuisance” and when might the City Attorney’s Office get involved?

    A. A “nuisance” is defined as: “Anything which is injurious to health, including, but not limited to, the illegal sale of controlled substances, or is indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream, canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway, is a nuisance.”

    A “public nuisance” is generally one that affects at the same time an entire community or neighborhood, or any considerable number of persons, although not necessarily equally.

    Various City departments may investigate allegations of public nuisance, and if warranted they would then work with the City Attorney’s office to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community by taking legal action. 

  • Q. What is a “private nuisance” and can the City Attorney’s Office get involved?

    A. A “nuisance” is defined as: “Anything which is injurious to health, including, but not limited to, the illegal sale of controlled substances, or is indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream, canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway, is a nuisance.”

    A “private nuisance” is generally considered to be something that affects a single individual or a number of individuals with regard to a private right not enjoyed by the public at large.

    The City Attorney’s Office cannot get involved in a private nuisance, since this is a private civil matter over which the City has no jurisdiction. To obtain specific legal advice regarding your situation, you should consult a private attorney.  For a referral, you may call the Riverside County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service at (951) 682-7520.

  • Q. My neighbor’s tree limbs and branches overhang my property. Can the City tell me if I can trim them without my neighbor’s permission?

    A. No, since this is a private civil matter over which the City has no jurisdiction. To obtain specific legal advice regarding your situation, you should consult a private attorney.  For a referral, you may call the Riverside County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service at (951) 682-7520.
  • Q. Can the City handle a landlord/rental issue for me?

    A. No, since this is a private civil matter over which the City has no jurisdiction.  To obtain specific legal advice on your situation, you should consult a private attorney.  For a referral, you may call the Riverside County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service at (951) 682-7520.  Some landlord/rental issues can be handled by legal aid clinics, so you may also contact the Inland Counties Legal Aid Services at (951) 368-2555 or the Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Association at (951) 369-3009.  Finally, for additional information and resources you may wish to contact the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County at (800) 655-1812. 

  • Q. Where can I review the Corona Municipal Code

    A.  Click here to view the City of Corona's Municipal Code or contact the Corona City Clerk’s Office at (951) 736-2201.
  • Q. What is the procedure for filing a claim against the City of Corona?

    A.  To file a claim against the City, you must submit the claim, either by mail or personal delivery, at the City Clerk’s Office. Click here for more information about claims.
  • Q. Who do I call to report a possible crime or City code violation?

    A. Reports or complaints concerning any violation of state law occurring in Corona should be made to the Corona Police Department at (951) 736-2330 (Non-Emergency) or 9-1-1 (Emergency).  For violations of the Corona Municipal Code, please contact the Corona Code Enforcement at (951) 739-4970.