GOVERNOR NEWSOM REAPPOINTS PORT OF LOS ANGELES GENERAL COUNSEL JANNA SIDLEY TO STATE’S ‘LITTLE HOOVER’ COMMISSION
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Feb. 10, 2020 – The Port of Los Angeles General Counsel Janna Sidley has been reappointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the “Little Hoover” Commission, an independent state oversight panel on which she has served since 2016.
As a member of the Port’s senior management team, Sidley oversees all litigation involving the Harbor Division of the Office of the City Attorney. Her responsibilities include providing legal counsel to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility. She also represents the Port in judicial and legal proceedings and litigates claims on its behalf. Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich appointed Sidley as the Port’s managing assistant city attorney in 2013.
“It’s been an honor to serve on this prestigious panel for the last four years. This reappointment will allow me to continue working on initiatives that are improving and enhancing the effectiveness of government operations in California,” said Sidley. “I am grateful to Gov. Newsom for his confidence in me to continue in this role on the Commission.”
The Little Hoover Commission, formally known as the Milton Marks "Little Hoover" Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, is an independent state oversight agency created in 1962. The Commission's mission is to investigate state government operations and policy, and through reports and legislative proposals, make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature to promote economy, efficiency and improved service in state operations. In addition, the Commission has a statutory obligation to review and make recommendations on all proposed government reorganization plans.
Prior to joining the Port, Sidley served as a deputy city attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 2003 to 2013, and as assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal and Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1998 to 2002. She also previously served as the deputy director in the Office on Violence Against Women from 1997 to 1998, and as the deputy director of the Office of Press Advance at The White House from 1995 to 1996. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley.
In 2019, Sidley was named Government/Municipal General Counsel of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative, strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $297 billion in trade during 2018. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.