Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

14 Comments
Reads 1392

Source: Ariel Calonne, Santa Barbara City Attorney

Santa Barbara City Attorney Ariel Calonne today announced the appointment of the city’s first full-time prosecuting attorney, Denny Wei.  Mr. Wei will join the City on June 17, 2019, as the Assistant City Prosecutor.

Denny Wei is currently a Senior Assistant City Attorney with the Burbank City Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Wei worked prosecuting state misdemeanors and local code offenses in the City of Burbank’s Criminal Prosecution Unit between 2006 and 2018.  He served as the Unit’s supervisor for almost ten of those years.  He has extensive experience working to remediate substandard housing.  He also worked with Burbank’s Mental Health Evaluation Team to address crimes stemming from people suffering from mental illness.  He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Criminal Law at Glendale University College of Law.  Mr. Wei is currently handling civil litigation for Burbank.  Before serving Burbank, Mr. Wei served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Benito County from 2000 to 2006, handling a wide variety of cases ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies. 

City Attorney Calonne commented, “We are fortunate to bring such an exceptionally well-qualified prosecutor to Santa Barbara.  Denny will bring a new level of credibility and professionalism to the City’s enforcement actions.”

Mr. Wei is a graduate of the Whittier College School of Law and the University of California at Santa Cruz.​

Login to add Comments

14 Comments

Toggle Comments (Show)
ElRojo May 17, 2019 08:05 AM
Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

I’m laughing about most of these comments. I think our current City Attorney is very effective and represents the City Council and the citizens very well. When you criticize him for not solving a bunch of problems have you thought that the City Attorney just doesn’t have enough time in the day to do everything that needs doing. Deputy City Attorney Wei sounds like someone with an extraordinary legal background who will begin to resolve the problems we all care about. Let’s welcome him with open arms and watch what he does with the expectation that our City will become even more wonderful.

Factotum May 17, 2019 08:49 AM
Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

City has its own municipal code, that has nothing to do with the county when it comes to enforcement of SBMC matters. Everyone living in this city should take the time to read through the Santa Barbara Municipal Code. It can be found online on the city website. This the our mutual compact and choosing to live here, here are the rules you have agreed to honor. This is the work product, your elected officials are executing in your name. Know what you are voting and paying for.

REX OF SB May 17, 2019 07:39 AM
Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

ALL SIDES: Yes, I'm aware of that. But isn't a new "city DA" just a duplication of an already existing service? I don't see whythis new position is needed. On the surface, this seems to be yet another example of spending $$$ we just don't have.

Factotum May 16, 2019 02:06 PM
Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

Excellent. Calone has been the best city attorney so far. There was virtually zero enforcement of city regulations going on, so this is a very, very welcome and necessary addition. Keep up the great work, Ariel. Happy to have you on our team.

PitMix May 16, 2019 11:07 AM
Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

I believe this hire is being done to focus on problems caused by homeless people based on a recent article about this in the Indy. The question is: can the homeless problems be solved with prosecutions?

Factotum May 16, 2019 06:25 PM
Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

Then what? Vagrants, addicts and violent people are off the streets and out of our community. That is worth paying for. We are paying plenty to keep them on the streets. Much prefer incarceration if money has to go down the drain. The city tax base lost big time in both retail sales, tourism and huge wasted time put in by our local law enforcement. Incarceration is cheap compared to what vagrancy is costing us right now.

Factotum May 16, 2019 02:10 PM
Appointment of City’s First Full-Time Prosecuting Attorney

Yes, enforcing city legal standards is the way you deal with the vagrancy crime, disease and blight problems associated with their presence in our town. They can choose to abide by city ordinance or they can move on to more accommodating location. Free ride is over for those who now flaunt city regulations everyone else is expected to honor. This is not a "homeless" issue- this is a failure to abide by lawful community standards issue. Don't come to this town if you expect to live in the bushes, be a public nuisance, and pollute our parks, creeks and neighborhoods. Since we we chase cruise ships around our waterways to enforce their presence, we will also enforces our clean water way standards that vagrant camps now violate every single day.

Please Login or Register to comment on this.