California Attorney General Xavier Becerra met with representatives of Optimum Seismic, Inc. and other members of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed).

The meeting enabled Attorney General Becerra to update the business leaders on a range of issues impacting California’s economy and wellbeing, including infrastructure, housing and homelessness.  The session also provided the business leaders the opportunity to raise various issues they wanted to bring to the Attorney General’s attention.

“This meeting was a great opportunity to have Attorney General Becerra share his thoughts on important topics and listen to the concerns of local business leaders,” says Ali Sahabi, chief operating officer of Optimum Seismic.

Also attending the session was La Mirada resident Steve Soto, a strategic advisor for Optimum Seismic. “Attorney General Becerra was very impressive in terms of his knowledge and understanding of issues facing California,” said Soto.

Soto speaks frequently about the need for businesses, property owners and government agencies to invest in earthquake resilient buildings to protect the public and California’s economy.  Soto’s role places him in regular contact with State, County and local government officials, as well as numerous Chambers of Commerce, business associations, professional and civic organizations.

Earlier in his career, he served in various professional capacities in economic development in the Southern California cities of La Mirada, Norco, Orange and Westminster.  He also performed similar consulting work for Placentia and Lake Elsinore.  Soto is a member of the La Mirada Community Services Commission.

Attorney General Becerra was sworn in as the 33rd Attorney General of the State of California on January 24, 2017.  He is the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the state.

Attorney General Becerra, the State’s chief law enforcement officer, has decades of experience serving California through various appointed and elected offices.  He has championed the state’s economy by promoting and addressing issues impacting job generating industries such as health care, clean energy, technology, and entertainment.  He has also fought for working families, the vitality of the Social Security and Medicare programs and issues to combat poverty among hardworking families.

Attorney General Becerra previously served 12 terms in Congress as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Congress, Attorney General Becerra was the first Latino to serve as a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means, served as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and was Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.

Prior to serving in Congress, Attorney General Becerra served one term in the California Legislature as the representative of the 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles County. He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. He began his legal career in 1984 working in a legal services office representing the mentally ill.

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EARTHQUAKE SAFETY — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (r) discusses earthquake safety with Steve Soto of Optimum Seismic, Inc. at a recent meeting of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed).